POKHARA, NEPAL – Freedom of the press includes the freedom not to print: tell that to the terrorists!
One of the greatest freedoms we have finally gotten around to in human societies is the freedom of the press. Sure, the press is not THAT old as a social institution, but its ability to shine a light on some of the more unsavoury aspects of what we do is a godsend.
Dictators and autocrats (and some former presidents!) are not the only ones who don’t like it when the media does what it can. Surprise, surprise, we can add terrorists to that list (this is called Today in Terrorism for a reason!).
On this day in 2004
Nepalese Maoists killed a newspaper hawker who defied the latest guerrilla strike aimed at putting pressure on King Gyanendra. The terrorists threw a home-made bomb at a car distributing copies of the Nepali-language daily, Annapurna Post, near the western mountain resort of Pokhara.
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