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October 22, 2014

Journalist assaulted by cadres of the Bangladesh Chhatra League

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) have condemned the assault on journalist Abdullah Al Noman in the capital Dhaka on October 16. According to reports, the cadres of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), a wing of the ruling party the Bangladesh Awami League, attacked Noman in front of MC College auditorium. Noman is the Sylhet correspondent of Banglanews24.com. It is alleged that approximately ten BCL cadres beat the... MORE
September 4, 2014

Bangladesh: Revoke draconian media policy

The Bangladeshi government should immediately revoke a new media policy that imposes draconian restrictions on media freedom, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday. Donors should make it clear to the Bangladeshi government that limits on freedom of expression that violate international law are unacceptable. The policy was published in the official government gazette on August 6, 2014. It contains overly broad language and imprecise definitions that appear aimed at significantly curtailing critical... MORE
September 1, 2014

TV presenter for religious programmes murdered in Bangladesh

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Bangladeshi authorities to investigate the murder this week of a TV host, and to identify the motive and bring the perpetrators to justice. Nurul Islam Faruqi , who was also an imam, used his religious programmes to speak out against subjects including Islamist groups and militancy. On Wednesday night, the TV host and his family were tied up at their home in the East Rajabazar area of the capital Dhaka, according to news reports. The assailants... MORE
August 29, 2014

TV journalist beaten by Bangladesh police

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) have condemned the beating of a journalist by police in Kushtia in Khulna district in Western Bangladesh on Tuesday, August 26. According to reports, Akhil Poddar , a special correspondent with private channel ETV, was beaten by police before being handcuffed and led away to the police station. Poddar alleged Kumarkhali Police Assistant Sub-inspector (ASI) Abul Kalam Azad and other policemen... MORE
August 29, 2014

TV presenter slaughtered in Bangladesh

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) have deplored the murder of a television host in Dhaka on Wednesday night, August 27. Maolana Nurul Islam Farooqi , who hosted two programmes, Shantir Pothe and Kafela, on ‘Channel i’ television was slaughtered at his residence at East Razabazar. More than half-a-dozen youths allegedly entered the house in the pretext of talking about Hajj pilgrimage, but then proceed to tie up all members... MORE
August 22, 2014

Police raid newspaper office, arrest editor in Bangladesh

Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release the editor of a daily newspaper who has been held for two days without charge, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police raided the Dhaka offices of the Daily Inqilab on Tuesday and arrested Rabiullah Robi , the paper's news editor, according to news accounts. A court remanded Robi into police custody for five days. He has been accused of violating the country's Informational and Communication Technology Act in connection with a... MORE
August 12, 2014

IFJ calls for further consultation on new Bangladesh broadcast policy

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF), the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) in cautiously welcoming the Bangladesh government’s initiative to introduce a new broadcast policy for the country’s media. But the IFJ and the Bangladesh unions, have also expressed concern over some of the provisions of the National Broadcast Policy 2014 that will be potentially restrictive to... MORE
August 7, 2014

Bangladesh Journalist attacked with harpoon at home

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) in condemning the attack on journalist Nasrul Anwar on August 2. Anwar, a staff reporter for the Bangla-language daily Kaler Kantho , was attacked by an unidentified person at his home in Bazitpur, in the Kishoregunj district of Dhaka. According to his family members, the man entered the residence during the early morning and hit Nasrul with a harpoon causing serious injury to his right... MORE
July 19, 2014

Eight journalists assaulted in Bangladesh

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobodhikar Sambadik Forum (BMSF) condemn the assault of eight journalists during a football match in Dhaka on Monday night, July 14. According to reports, the journalists were allegedly assaulted by a group of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of Dhaka University during a football match at the campus. The journalists allegedly approached the students about joining in a game to which the students replied that they... MORE
July 9, 2014

Journalist escapes abduction attempt in Bangladesh

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sambadik Forum (BMSF) in condemning the attempted abduction of journalist Shahed Chowdhury in Dhaka on the evening of Sunday July 6, 2014. Chowdhury, editor of the Bengali daily Samakal and president of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU), was traveling by public bus to attend a dinner hosted by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia. Two unidentified youths in a white car forced the bus to stop and tried to drag Chowdury... MORE

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