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Journalists Rally in Nepal to End Censorship


Nepalese journalists staged a protest in the capital, Kathmandu, to demand an end to government censorship.

More than 300 journalists marched through the city Tuesday, waving signs calling for freedom of the press and down with autocracy. Police did not break up the rally or make any arrests, as in previous protests.

Nepal's King Gyanendra dismissed the government on February 1, suspended civil liberties and imposed emergency rule. The Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) says at least 13 journalists have been detained since then.

The head of the organization says its members are going to fight until complete press freedom is restored in the country.

King Gyanendra said he made the power grab in order to subdue increasingly violent Maoist rebels.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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