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Blue Pencil, Red Ink & Shades Of Truth

My arrest is an attempt by PM Koirala to muzzle the pro-active press, says Yubaraj Ghimire

Blue Pencil, Red Ink & Shades Of Truth
Blue Pencil, Red Ink & Shades Of Truth
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It was Thursday, June 7. The night-long curfew had been lifted and Kathmandu seemed to be limping back to normalcy, a week after the royal massacre. I had just finished writing my editorial, critical of the views underground Maoist leader Baburam Bhattarai had expressed in the article my newspaper Kantipur, a Nepali publication, had published the day before. Bhattarai's piece had echoed the prejudices of the underground guerrilla outfit and, typically, perceived the royal massacre of June 1 in contrast to what was then considered to be the 'official version' of the tragic incident.

Considering the editorial's tone, it was indeed ironical to find a posse of plainclothes policemen at my office, armed with orders to arrest me and my two colleagues—Kailash Sirohiya (managing director) and Binod Gyawali (director)—on the charge of treason. (Our chairman Hemraj Gyawali wasn't arrested because he wasn't in Kathmandu.)

We had to wait for a week—for the courts to open after a week-long state mourning—before the police recorded our statements separately in the presence...
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