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September 8, 2007

Riots coverage aftermath: Bangladesh govt forces 24/7 news channel to go off air

Bangladesh's first and only 24-hour news channel has gone off air days after broadcasting last month’s student-led anti-government riots. The Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission told the CSB News station it would be permanently closed if it fails to satisfactorily explain its registration status in seven days, said Hummam Quader Chowdhury, director of Focus Mult, the company that owns the private TV channel, according to Associated Press (AP). Riot policemen beat a student of... MORE
August 24, 2007

Military regime imposes media restrictions on coverage of Bangladesh crisis

Local journalists are being assaulted, detained and harassed by security forces in Bangladesh attempting to enforce the indefinite curfew imposed Wednesday on capital Dhaka and five other cities in response to growing unrest across the country. On Wednesday, the military-backed interim government announced an indefinite curfew in six urban centres that had been the scene of violent clashes between police and students calling for an end to emergency rule. Though officials had provided assurances... MORE
August 12, 2007

Investigative journalist forced to flee Bangladesh with family

Bangladeshi investigative journalist Tasneem Khalil has fled the country with his family for security reasons, Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has reported. They had previously spent a month in hiding after he was arrested and tortured in May. Khalil, 26, is a journalist for the Dhaka-based Daily Star newspaper who conducts research for Human Rights Watch (HRW). According to his wife, four men in plainclothes who identified themselves as from the "joint task force" came to the door after... MORE