About 150 Nepalese journalists marched through Kathmandu Sunday to protest the government ordered closure of a radio program production center. Police were on the scene of the demonstration but did not intervene. The president of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists Bishnu Nisthuri called the closure of Communication Corner a government attempt to scare the media.
Nepal has restricted the media and arrested several journalists since King Gyanendra seized absolute power on February first. Also Sunday, Nepalese security forces detained 30 people protesting abuse by Maoist rebels and demanding food and shelter from the royalist government. It was the second such protest in a week. The protesters were arrested as they tried to march in a restricted area of the capital.