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State of Press Freedom, 2008

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October, 2008
The research cell of Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) revealed that at least 35 journalists became the victim of arrests, false cases, death threat and physical assaults in 12 different incidents during the month of October 2008. Of these, five journalists were assaulted physically in three separate incidents, one journalist received death threat and six separate cases were filed implicating 28 journalists. However, no report of causalities and murder was reported during the month.

Death Threat:
On October 23, armed miscreants threatened Md Sarwar Hossain, Bhanga (Faridpur) correspondent of the Daily Dinkal to kill him over cell phone. Journalist Sarwar said that he wrote some reports against the criminal activities of the local miscreants and they might be angry with him and giving the threat for that. Following the threat, Sarwar filed a case with the Bhanga police station in connection with the incident.  

Attack/ Physical Assault:
On October 14, miscreants attacked a team of journalists who cover `Desh Jure' of Ekushey Television while covering a report of sensational Sumon murder case at Gol Pukur Par area in Mymenshingh town. The miscreants abducted Abu Hasnat Moni and Zahid Shelim of the team and threatened to kill. They also tortured them. Later, police rushed the spot and arrested Saidul and Faruk for assaulting the journalists.

On October 21, miscreants attacked on a newspaper office and looted valuables of a newsman after torturing him at BAVS Road of Bhola town. According to the sources, local miscreants led by Jewel and Md. Hossein entered the Daily Ajker Paribarton office while all the newsmen had been working. Following their attack, Nasir Liton of Ajker Paribarton received serious injury. At one stage of the torture, police rushed the spot and rescued the journalists. They arrested two miscreants.

On October 22, a team of TV journalists comprising Mainul Hasan, a reporter of ATN Bangla and cameraman Sentu was injured by a group of agitating students of BCIC college at City's Mirpur Area while covering the news of sexual harassment of some of the female students of the college.

On October 6, a defamation case was filed against MA Malek, Editor of the Daily Azadi and four other newsmen for publishing a report. Engineer Abdur Rashid, owner of Karnaphuli Ship Builders Limited filed the case stating that the report was false and fabricated. It was the cause of loosing his image. The other accuseds are Hasan Akbar, Samir Bhattacharja, Aliur Rahman and Nipul Kumar Dey.

On October 8, a defamation case was filed against the Editor, publisher and reporters of The Daily Bangladesh Shomoy and a local daily for publishing reports on a candidate of upcoming upazila polls. Sheikh Sirajul Haque Farazi, AL leader of Bangladesh AL Madaripur District filed the case against Dr. MA Hannan Firoj, Editor and publisher of The Bangladesh Shomoy and its reporter TM Siddique, Bazlur Rahman Rumi, editor and publisher of Shubornogram and its Chief Reporter Shah Jahan Khan.

On October 17, a case was filed against seven journalists of Naogaon as they published and broadcast reports against an influential quarter of people. The accused journalists are Md Nabir Uddin and Faruk Talukder of the Daily Korotoa, Faridul Karim Torofdar and Md. Hasan Millat of the Daily Sonali Shongbd, Emdadul Haq Sumon of the Daily Bogra, Md. Ahad Ali and Shona Chowdhury of the Daily Notun Probhat.

On October 27, an extortion case was filed against Khademul Islam of the Daily Noya Diganta and Firoj Khan of the Daily Inquilab. Both of them are the Jamalpur District correspondents of the newspapers. Habibur Rahman, a former Union Parishad Chairman of Islampur upazila of Jamalpur district said that he had filed the case when the journalists demanded Taka 10 thousand as extortion and threatened to publish report against him.

On October 27, Jatiya Party (JP) leader Ramjan Bhuian filed a defamation case with a Dhaka Court against the editor of the Daily Jugantor and Daily Inquilab and its two correspondents. According to the local sources, the JP leader Ramjan attacked on the dwelling house of Parul Begum of Suvadda under Keraniganj district and tortured the family members of Parul while they failed to pay Taka 2 lakh as ransom. The news of the incident was published in the Daily Jugantor and Inquilab. Following the report, Ramjan became angry with the newsmen and filed the defamation case.

On October 27, court issued warrant for arresting four journalists including the editor of the Daily Destiny in a defamation case. Abdur Rahim, owner of the North South Property Development filed a defamation case against the journalists of the Daily Destiny as the newspaper published a series of crime reports on North South Property Development recently. The other accused of the defamation case are Jahirul Ahsan Tipu, Onil Sen and Obaidullah Badol.

On October 24, acting editor of the 'Ajker Habiganj' a local daily, Md Nahij, was arrested at his newspaper’s office in the bus stand area in the Habiganj town on Thursday night. The police said Nahij was arrested on 'a specific charge'. But on Friday he was shown arrested under the Emergency Act. Details could not be known immediately.

Journalist's Fundamental Right:
On October 12, a meeting of terminated journalists and employees of the Daily Ittefaq was held at national press club, presided over by Ziaul Haque. The unemployed journalists and workers participated in the protest meeting. Expressing deep dissatisfaction over the recent activities of the Ittefaq authority, the leaders warned that they would be compelled to take severe action if the Ittefaq authority would not immediately stop the termination and suspension of the journalists and workers. They also demanded all the arrears and compensation for the terminated journalists and workers within short time.

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