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State of Press Freedom, 2009

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February, 2009
At least 13 journalists became the victim of arrest, threat, death threat, physical assaults and other harassment during their professional activities in 9 different incidents during the month of February 2009. Off these incidents, five journalists were given death threat; seven injured in several attacks by the miscreants and a newsman was arrested in one case. However, no report of murder or unnatural death was reported during this month.

Death threat/ Threat:
On February 6,Pronob Kumar Shaha Apurba, Convener of Shibchor Press Club and Correspondent of the Daily Jaijaidin, was given death threat for publishing report. Corrupted Barek Bapari gave death threat to him entering in Press Club at 5:30 pm on 6 February. Apurba filed a general dairy at Shibchor Thana in this connection.

On February 7, Editor and Publisher of four local newspapers were given life threat for publishing reports against terrorist activities in the district. Sources said a gang of the terrorists led by ringleader Shahjahan went to the offices of the Daily Narsingdir Bani and Daily Uttap, and weeklies Satdiner Kantha and Narsingdir Shanbad in the afternoon. The gang threatened to kill the editors and publishers for publishing report mentioning there involve in land grabbing and other terrorist activities in different areas of the district. The victims filed a General Dairy (GD) with the Narsingdi Model Thana in this connection.

On February 8, Mostafa Moeen, the editor of the Dumur, a paper specialized for art, culture and literature, got death threat over mobile phone. He told the local journalists that he got death threat from Maulana Aminul Islam who is a teacher of the Bihushban Jamiya Arabia Madrasa in Netrokona. He filed a general diary (GD) with Atpara Thana in this connection.

On February 13, Moniruzzaman, a graphics designer of the Daily Amar Desh, was given death threat from terrorist Nur Mohammad Molla and his associate on 13 February. He was threatened due to his protest against anti-social activities of Nur Mohammad Molla. Moniruzzaman put a complain with Jatrabari Thana in this connection.

On February 15, two journalists were threatened to death by mail by local terrorist group in Rupgong. Rasel Ahmed, Organizing Secretary of Rupgong Press Club and Anwar Hossain, Rupgong Correspondent of the Daily Janata, were victims. They filed a general dairy with Rupgong Thana in this connection.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On February 1, a contempt of court petition was filed with the High Court (HC) against Mizanur Rahman, a senior journalist of the Daily Prothom Alo, for publishing a news item titled 'Various events with the bail of Babar' on January 29. Sources said that barrister Rafique-ul Huq, Principal counsel or Lutfuzzaman Babar, filed the petition stating that the report disregarded the administration of justice by the High Court. The HC bench of justice Syed AB Mahmudul Huq and justice Mayeenul Islam Chowdhury may hear the petition.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On February 4, M Mamun Reza (50), Head of the Dolutpur Press Club and the Daily Sangbad Dolutpur correspondent, was attacked by the local Awami League (AL) activists and terrorists at 9 am. The attackers were AL activist Mossarraf Hossain, Alauddin, Sohel Rana, Sujan and also Morjina. This attack happened due to previous enimity.

On February 15, four Dhaka University (DU) correspondents of print media and two photojournalists were injured in an attack by some of the students of DU's Fine Arts Institute. The injured DU journalists were ABC Radio staff correspondent Abdur Rahim Dipu, Arif Hossain of the Daily Sangram, Palash Sarker of the Daily Jaijai Din and Zayedur Rahman Arman of the Daily Dinkal. Two photojournalists, Sohrab Hossain of the Daily Sangbad and Saiful Islam of the Daily Destiny, were also injured and their cameras were damaged by the attackers as they went to take snaps of the attack on four journalists.

On February 3, the Nepal police arrested four journalists. Victims were Dhamalao (35), terai-based journalist Subak mahato, Manoj Mahato and Virando K M.

On February 11, Rabindra Kumar, Editor, and Ananda Sinha, Publisher of the english daily newspaper `The Statsman' in Calcutta, were arrested from their residence due to criticizing a community's religious feelings. Md Shahin filed a complain in Bonbazar Police Station of Calcutta in this connection.

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