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Nepal

Nawaraj Sharma, Karnali Sandesh
13 August 2002
On 13 August 2002, Sharma’s mutilated body was found near the village of Suna (Karnali province, western Nepal). His killers, identified as Maoist rebels, had cut off his limbs, ripped out his eyes, and then finished him off with a bullet to the chest. According to a local journalist questioned by Reporters Without Borders, the editor was abducted from his home in the district of Kalikot by armed men on 1st June 2002. Sharma’s newspaper, Karnali Sandesh (The Message of Karnali, created in 1999) was the only independent weekly in the far west, Nepal’s most disadvantaged region. Sharma was also president of the local branch of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) and director of Kalikot school. Sharma had already been kidnapped in February 2002 by a Maoist group, and was held for nearly three months. After his release in May, he was questioned for five days by the security forces, who suspected him of being a Maoist "spy".