Press rights group alarmed by Nepal amnesty plans

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Posted: Sep 16, 2011 12:20 AM
Press rights group alarmed by Nepal amnesty plans

A journalists' rights group says it is alarmed by reports of the Nepal government plan for amnesties in criminal cases dating back to years of conflict in the Himalayan nation.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists wrote to Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai saying it was disturbed by reports of amnesties. It said it fears that people convicted of killing journalists could go free based on political decisions.

Several journalists were attacked during the fighting between government troops and Maoist guerrillas that ended in 2006.