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State of Press Freedom, 2008

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December, 2008
A total of journalists were assaulted or harassed in different incidents across the country in December 2008. The research cell of Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) revealed the data following the newspapers monitoring and field level investigation. During the period journalists came under attack in four incidents, five were given death threat, a case was filed implicating one journalist, one was arrested and a newspaper was banned. However, no report of casualties or murder was reported during the month.

On December 13, miscreants threatened Muniruzzaman Chowdhury, Noakhali district correspondent of The Daily Jugantor from a cell phone. According to the collegues of the journalist, an unidentified man who introduced himself as Shakayat Ullah over telephone number- 01717303559 and threatened him I saying that you must have to leave the town within a week. Otherwise, he will kill the journalist and cut into pieces. A general diary was lodged with Shudharam police station in this connection.

Attack/ Physical Assault:
On December 7, local musclemen attacked Fazlul Bari, Economic Editor of the Daily Inquilab at Narayanganj Port area and they attempted to kill him for making report againt them. Sources said that a group of miscreants led by Monju attacked the journalist’s residence and looted valuables. A case was file with concerned police station.

On December 12, M A Hannan (40), Sadarpur Correspondent of the Daily Amader Shomoy was critically injured by a terrorists group for publishing reports aginst their criminal activities. According to the locals, Milon, chief of Milon Bahini, a local miscreants group and some of his associates attacked and chopped Hannan with the sharp weapons near Sadarpur stadium and injured him critically. He was admitted to Sadarpur Hospital, which referred him to Faridpur Medical College Hospital as his condition was deteriorating condition. A case was filed with Sadarpur police station in this connection.

On December 16, police arrested Rezaul Karim Khan, Natore Correspondent of Bangladesh television (BTV) and The Daily Ittefaque for a false case. The police caught him from a house where he and some of his relatives had been playing card at a club in Natore. It is learnt that the journalist wrote some report against the autocracy and irregularities of the local police administration in his newspaper.

On December 16, journalists who have been working with different national daily were harrased by the activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at Keraniganj Shakta School field ahead of election rally. According to the sources, the six journalists who are Keraniganj correspondent of The Daily Manab Jameen, Daily Jugantor, Daily Inquilab, Daily Samakal, Daily Songad and the news agency- The journalists demanded punishment of the BNP leaders and activists who harrased them while they were covering the news on the rally.

Professional Barriers:
On December 18, activists of Islami Andolon, Bangladesh banned Shagar Shabnam, a correspondent of Radio Today to cover meet the press of the political organization for being a woman. It is learnt that Shaban came to the office of Islami Andolon Bangladesh in Dhaka as she was invited for covering the news on eletion manifesto of the political party saying that their leader do not meet with any women due to religious bar.

On December 30, the activists of Bangladesh Chhatra Legue (BCL), Dhaka University unit have locked dormitories under keys of three journalists. According to the eyewitnesses, the BCL activists have locked the room of Asharful Islam Kochi of Daily Sangbad, Diderul Islam Manik of Daily Noya Diganta and Ariful Islam of Daily Sangram under keys a day after landslide victory of Bangladesh Awami League, the mother orgarnization of Bangladesh Chhatra Legue. Kochi is the resident student of Haji Muhammad Mohsin Hall, room number-68 while Manik and Dider is the resident of SM Hall, room number 32 and 51 respectively. The activists also ransacked their rooms and search the journalists to attack. But none of the newsmen were present at that time.

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