Journalists were widely targeted during the recent banda called by the Janjatis. 67 cases of violence against media personnels were reported during the three day period, whereas in the Far West, 89 attacks were carried out in 15 days. This is probably the biggest attack on the Nepali press after April 2006.
Surprisingly, the international community who used to speak out vocally against cases of aggression against the press, has preferred to remain silent. Except for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters San Frontiers, no one has formally condemned the attacks. Chairperson of Freedom Forum Taranath Dahal said, "The donor community would dispatch missions when similar events happened earlier, but they didn't even issue a press release this time." So what should we make of this silence when the Nepali press is being openly attacked?