The head of the UN agency tasked with defending press freedom has condemned the murder earlier this month in Nepal of Uma Singh, a journalist and activist, characterizing the killing as "a blow to Nepalese society as a whole." Singh, 26, was a reporter at Radio Today FM and member of the Women's Human Rights Defenders in the southern district of Dhanusha. She was attacked on Jan. 11 in her own home in Janakpur, over 200 km from the capital Kathmandu, by 15 men who attacked her repeatedly with "khukhuris" - curved knives traditional to Nepal. (UN News Service)

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