Continuously attacked on press freedom in Bangladesh
By Jahangir Alam Akash, Press freedom and freedom of speech have been attacking continuously in Bangladesh. More two journalists have attacked yesterday (4 April, 2010) by the ruling party men in the capital Dhaka. It was happened in front of a law enforcer office.
On the other hand on 22 March, 2010 there were attacked on a photo exhibition on RAB brutality organised by famous photo journalist Shahidul Islam at Drik Gallery in Dhaka. It was obstacle of freedom of speech. Though after the national and international intervening government has declared that no bar co continue with this exhibition. After that another attacked on press freedom were happened in Bagherhat. After then this event two journalists have attacked for their reporting.
According to the daily Star(5 April, 2010), a group of activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) beat up two journalists at Shahbagh in the city in the night of 4 April for publishing a report against the central unit president. The journalists were identified as Anis Raihan, staff correspondent of the weekly Saptahik, and Ahmed Fayez, staff correspondent of the weekly Budhbar. BCL is the student wing of ruling party Bangladesh Awami League.
Sources told, Chief reporter of the Saptahik Mohiuddin Niloy said some 20 to 25 BCL men attacked the journalists in front of Shahbagh Police Station around 8:30pm as per the direction of AGM Sabbir Jahan Saikat, president of SM Hall unit BCL.The journalists were walking towards Dhaka University through its Shahbagh entry point, he added.As they reached in front of Shahbagh Police Station, SM Hall unit BCL president honked his motorbike horn loudly from behind the reporters. When the reporters gave their identities and asked Saikat to explain the reason of honking the horn, Saikat got angry and called his fellows from the hall. Niloy further said that Saikat took away the professional identity cards of the reporters and charged Anis for filing a report against BCL Central Committee President Mahmud Hasan Ripon.
The reporters sought cooperation from policemen present at the scene.
The Saptahik published a report on Ripon’s recent activities in its last issue.
The injured journalists were rushed to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University and later shifted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
According to the daily Ittefaq (29-3-2010) on 27 March, 2010 three journalists have attacked by terrorists at Chitolmari in Bagherhat. The oppressed journalists are S.S. Sagor, general secretary of Chitolmari press club and the correspondent of daily Destiny, Salim Jahangir (daily Janmobhumi & daily Janata) and Ekramul Haque Munshi (daily Amardesh and daily Tortho). The terrorists have detained the injured journalists. They are rampaged the Grameen Enterprise shop and looted money and camera from the journalist. A Hindu minority school teacher Basudev Majumder has insulted by the cadres of Saheb Ali Farazi. Farazi is the Vice Chairman of Chitolmari Upazilla. In this connection some reports have published. After then this attacked on press have occurred.
Recently some of the oppressed journalists were expressing their painful history of persecution in a conference on press freedom in Dhaka.
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In addition, three journalists have killed, 84 injured, 45 assaulted, 16 attacked, one arrested, two abducted, 73 threatened, 23 sued 19 were victimised by other violence in last year (2009). Source: the human rights report, 2009 of Odhiker.
If Bangladesh government believes democracy, rule of law then they should stop the violation of press freedom and freedom of speech.
Jahangir Alam Akash
The Human Rights Today