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May 2006


Manobzamin Correspondent harassed in Sylhet

On 24 May, Talat Mahmood, a sub-inspector of Chunarughat police station in Sylhet harassed NURUL AMIN, correspondent of Dainik Manobzamin in Chunarughat. Sub inspector assaulted the correspondent for publishing a report that went against Talat Mahmood.

At about 11 am when the correspondent went to collect news about the pushback in cident in the border area, the sub-inspector at first started abusing him verbally and then the sub inspector tried to assault him physically. At that time, Mostak Ahmed Tarafder, correspondent of Dainik Samakal came to help Nurul but the sub inspector attacked Mostak too.

The incident was informed to the Officer in Charge of Chunarughat police station. Local journalists organised a protest meeting at the Press Club with Farook Chowdhury, president of Chunarughat Press Club in the chair.

Local Journalists condemned the incident and demanded punishment of the sub inspector. Talat was alleged to have involved various illegal activities of the area.


Journalist harassed in Chittagong University

Zahidul Islam Jewel and Mazharul Islam Shohel, two Awami League cadres in Chittagong University , harassed ISMAIL HAOOSAIN SIRAJI, university correspondent of Dainik Nayadiganta. The incident happened on 23 May 2006 in Chittagong University station. They also used awful words to the correspondent.

At about 2.30 PM , the two cadres were drunk and get in the 2 nd compartment of the university train. Then both of them started to use awful words to another student named Sayeedur Rahman Mintu without any provocation. When the correspondent tried to stop them, they harassed the correspondent too. One of the two cadres also said, “We created a number of journalists like you and we will now teach you a lesson.”

Earlier, in previous year, Jewel misbehaved with Uttam Sen Guptta, correspondent of Dainik Azadi. But the administration of Chittagong University did not take any action against them.

Jewel was reponsible for many illegal activities in Chittagong University . A few days ago, he got bail from the case relating to attack on a BNP activist. Students are very annoyed with his behavious and harassment. There are allegations that he always sells drugs to the university students. University correspondents condemned the incident and demanded punishment of the accused. 

According to the latest report, he has been suspended from the university committee of the Bangldesh Chhatra League (students' wing of the opposition Awami League).


Policy for newspapers assured again

Information Minister M Shamsul Islam on 24 May 2006 reiterated his commitment to announce a policy for development of newspaper industry and well being of newsman.

He, however, stressed need for objective journalism for greater national interest. Democracy cannot be firmly rooted unless events are not projected objectively, he said while addressing as chief guest the installation of the newly elected office bearers of the executive committee of Khulna Metropolitan Union of Journalists. The function was held at the press club auditorium.

Presided over by MUJ member Md Zakir Hossain, the function was addressed by, among others by Khulna city Mayor Shaikh Tayebur Rahman, BFUJ president Mozammel Huq and secretary general Ruhul Amin Gazi, president of Khulna Press Club Liaquat Ali and newly elected general secretary of MUJ HM Alauddin.

The minister said both print and electronic media are enjoying now "freedom". But they to also a great role to play to serve the people and the country through objective reporting without being politically biased, the minister said.


Journalists become target during garment workers mayhem

Journalists became the target of the unruly garment workers who went on a rampage last week demanding arears and higher wages. The workers damaged several hundred factories in two days of violence. Aminul Islam, Photo journalists of Dainik Jugantor, Mohammad Alam, senior photo journalists of dainik Ittefaq and Mahbub Matin, senior reporter of Channel-I were attacked by those workers when they were covering the incident.

At about 11 AM , when Aminul took the pictures of the violance of the workers, the garment labours snatched his camera and beat him. At one stage they broke the camera of the journalist and snatched his mobile. Some other workers came to rescue Aminul. Aminul was admitted to a hospital with serious injuries.

Workers attacked and beat Alam too. They broke Alam's mobile phone and set his motor cycle ablzae. In a separate incident, some other workers tried to kill Mahbub Matin. They poured carosine to the journalists and broke the vehicles of Channel-I.

On the other hand, workers also attacked other journalists on duty when they went to cover the incident in different spots. They tried to break camera, vehicles and snatched their mobile phones, wallet and other belongings. They also used awful words to the journalists and resist then fron doing their professional work.

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