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Doctors, family members and fellow journalists convince editor to end fast
Sunday, November 27, 2005
AsiaMedia Editor's Note: Reports are unclear as to whether the lifting of the state of emergency on April 30 allows for press freedom, and thus Nepalnews may still be operating under the directives of King Gyanendra.
A Nepali editor, who staged fast-unto-death in Dhaka and New Delhi, called it off after 17 days in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Editor and publisher of Bimarsha weekly, Rajendra Baid, agreed to call off his fast-unto-death on Sunday upon advice by doctors, family members and senior journalists.
He was rushed to Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital for checkup this afternoon after his health conditions worsened furthermore, officials at the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNJ) where he had been staging the indefinite hunger strike told Nepalnews.
Baid had been staging fast-unto-death for the last 17 days calling for restoration of 'absolute democracy, press freedom and right to information in Nepal.'
Baid first started fast-unto-death at Hotel Amazon Lily in Dhaka to draw the attention of South Asian leaders who had assembled in the Bangaldeshi capital to attend the 13th SAARC summit. After he was deported to Delhi on the way to Nepal, Baid decided to continue his fast in the Indian capital itself, reports said.
Baid returned to Kathmandu on Thursday and continued his fast-unto-death at the premises FNJ premises.
Date Posted: 11/27/2005
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