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Nepal Ranks 7th in CPJ Impunity Index '011

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Nepal is among CPJ's 2011 Impunity Index spotlighting 13 countries where journalists are slain and killers go free.

New York, June 1, 2011- Nepal ranks 7th in Committe to Protect Journalists; (CPJ's) 2011 Impunity Index. The section on Nepal reads as follows:

Six local reporters and editors have been murdered with complete impunity in the past decade. Maoist cadres are suspected in a number of the killings, including the 2007 murder of reporter Birendra Shah, whose coverage had been critical of what was then an armed Maoist insurgency. After joining the government in 2008, Maoist leaders pledged to investigate the numerous press freedom violations that had been ascribed to their members, including several non-fatal attacks and abductions. Yet no evident progress has been made in achieving justice.

Impunity Index Rating: 0.205 unsolved journalist murders per 1 million inhabitants.

Last year: Ranked 7th with a rating of 0.210.

The 13 countries in order of ranking are: Iraq, Somalia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Afghanistan, Nepal, Mexico, Russia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, and India.

For the rest of the report, see here.


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