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Nepalese Journalists Demand Press Freedom, Authorities Arrest 50


Nepalese police have arrested at least 50 journalists after scuffling with them during a protest against media restrictions imposed by the royal government.

The members of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists were arrested as they marched into a restricted area near the royal palace.

They were demanding an immediate restoration of press freedom and an end to harassment and arrests by security forces.

Police bundled the journalists into buses and drove them away.

Journalists have held several protests since February first, when King Gyanendra seized absolute power. The government arrested 53 journalists during a similar protest last Wednesday, but released them a day later.

Last week, the Vienna-based International Press Institute told the king in a statement that "the best antidote to the present situation in the country is more speech and greater discussion."

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.

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