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July 3, 2014

Student leader threatens to kill Bangladeshi journalist

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) in condemning the alleged death threat made by a student leader to a journalist on June 28, 2014. Amzad Hossain Shimul , a staff reporter at the Daily Amader Shomoy at Rajshahi, western Bangladesh, was allegedly threatened by Tawhid Al Hossain, also known as Tuhin, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Chhatra League of Rajshahi University. According to reports, the student leader was... MORE
May 23, 2014

Severed body of Bangladeshi journalist found

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) and the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) are deeply saddened to report the killing of a journalist in Chuadanga district in Bangladesh on Wednesday, May 21. Sadrul Alam Nipul , 35, a staff reporter of the popular local newspaper The Daily Mathabhanga, was found dead on a railway line. According to his family, he left his home on Tuesday, May 20,night at 9pm for work after receiving a call on his mobile. He did not return home and... MORE
May 16, 2014

Bangladeshi journalist beaten while investigating corruption

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Sangbadik Forum (BMSF) in condemning the attack on a journalist while on assignment on Tuesday, May 13. Shishir Morol , a special correspondent of Prathom Alo, was held captive for two hours and beaten by Dr Shafiul Azam and staff Sufian of the ZH Sikder Women’s Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. Morol was working on the news story that alleged that Dr Azam had been illegally working fulltime at two hospitals... MORE
January 18, 2014

Bangladesh arrests three journalists, raids news outlet

Police in Bangladesh arrested three journalists on Thursday during a raid on the Dhaka offices of the newspaper Daily Inqilab , according to news reports. The three journalists-- Rabiullah Robi , the paper's news editor; Rafiq Mohammad , the paper's deputy chief correspondent; and Ahmed Atik , diplomatic correspondent--were arrested under the Information and Communication Technology Act, according to news reports. Police also seized printing equipment and computers and sealed off access to the... MORE
January 11, 2014

Bangladeshi editor jailed for seven years for critical writing

A Dhaka court on Thursday sentenced an editor to seven years in prison in connection with his articles about the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh that allegedly showed the country in a critical light. Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury , editor of the Bangladeshi tabloid Weekly Blitz , was convicted of harming the country's interests under section 505(A) of the penal code for intentionally writing distorting and damaging materials, reports said. Choudhury had written articles about anti-... MORE
July 15, 2011

Bangladesh: Journalist and wife injured by bomb thrown through bedroom window

Mashiyul Haque, the correspondent of daily Dainik Samakal and president of the Kalia Press Club, and his wife, Reena Parvin, were badly injured in a bomb attack on their home on July 11 in the southwestern locality of Kalabaria, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). They were taken to a hospital in the capital, Dhaka, where they were reported to be in a critical condition. Their two children, aged 4 and 6, who were also in the house at the time, were not... MORE
April 5, 2011

Authorities continue to harass opposition newspaper editor in Bangladesh

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Mahmudur Rahman , the editor of the opposition daily Amar Desh , on March 29, just two weeks after he was released from prison. He is accused of libelling senior Awami League officials in the southern town of Kotalipara. The Awami League has governed Bangladesh since 2008. Rahman is to be tried next month. Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) urged the government to put an immediate stop to this political persecution of a... MORE
March 18, 2011

Bangladesh editor released after nine months in prison on contempt charge

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has welcomed the March 17 release of Mahmudur Rahman , the editor of the opposition daily Amar Desh , on completion of an arbitrary jail sentence for contempt of court. Held for a total of nine months and 17 days, Rahman was greeted as he left prison by family members, opposition leaders and fellow journalists. The press freedom organisation called on President Zillur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to end the political... MORE
January 29, 2011

Journalist, wife hacked to death in city house in Bangladesh

A senior journalist of a daily and his wife were murdered as the police recovered the bodies from their Purana Paltan residence in capital Dhaka on Friday, according to Financial Express newspaper. The victims were identified as Forhad Khan (60) and his wife Rahima Khatun (50). Forhad was the joint news editor of Dainik Janata and also the president of Bangladesh Writers' (Lekhok) Association, said Nasiruddin, a sub-inspector of Paltan Police Station. The details: [ Link ] "We recovered their... MORE
August 21, 2010

Bangladesh court passes jail sentences on newspaper editor and reporter

The Bangladesh supreme court has imposed a six-month jail sentence on Mahmudur Rahman, the acting editor of the opposition daily Amar Desh , and a one-month jail sentence on Oliullah Noman, one of his reporters, for contempt of court, Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. Headed by Chief Justice Mohammad Fazlul Karim, the supreme court panel on Thursday found Rahman and Noman guilty of contempt of court in connection with an article published last April... MORE