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State of Press Freedom, 2009


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AT A GLANCE

March, 2009
A total 14 journalists in 12 different incidents across the country from March 1 to 31 2009 have been victimized. The research cell of Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) has recorded the aforesaid data from the newspaper monitoring and field level investigation. During the period three journalists received death threat and threat in three different incidents, nine journalists came under attack in six incidents, a case was filed against a journalist and two were harassed in another two incidents. However, no unnatural death or murder was reported during the period.

Death threat/ Threat: 
On March 6, M Sayedur Rahman, Srimangal correspondent of the daily Inquilab, was threatened to death by an unknown terrorist over mobile phone. A General Diary (GD) has been filed with police station in this connection.

On March 6, Bishshojit Moni, Nouga correspondent of the daily Janakantha received death threat from Gubo League activists over mobile phone. Bishshojit published news against Awami League leader Shamsul Alam, Jubo League leader Pijush Kanti and Chhatra league leader Manunuzaman Mamun.

On March 21, a smuggler in Munshigang for reporting about smuggling threatened Shaikh Mohammad Ratan, district correspondent of the daily Bangladesh Shomoy.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On March 28, Mohammad Shahidullah, Officer-in-Charge (OC) of Railway Thana in Voerob, filed a case against a journalist. He filed the case against Kazi Isfaq Ahmed Babu, correspondent of the daily Janakantha. Babu's report went against the OC.

Harassment:
On March 1, Jafar Iqbal, Patharghata correspondent of the daily Shanbad, was harassed and injured by two BRAC officers at Khalifarhat area under Barguna Upazila. The injured was admitted to Patharghata Hospital. Jafar filed a case against them at that night.

On March 16, Shahidul Alam Sentu, Narayangang Photo-journalist of the daily Shitalakhkha, was harassed by Awami League MP, Sarah Begum Kabari for reporting which went against her interest.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On March 6, a group of unidentified criminals assaulted a journalist in Dhanbari Upazila in Tangail. According to the source, the criminal swooped on Dhanbari Upazila Press Club General Secretary Ansar Ali, also a local Correspondent of The Bangla Bazar patrika, at near Mutsiddhi Bazar at around 6:30 pm while he was returning home. Criminals beat up him very severely and left the scene immediately.

On March 8, SM Mohsin, correspondent of Bangladesh Shanbad Shastha (BSS) was attacked by a Chhatra League activist, Limon. The incident took place while Mohsin was going to collect information about a snatched mobile phone.

On March 9, some terrorists attacked Robiul Hussain, correspondent of the daily Jaijaidin, Mokter Hosain Molla, correspondent of the daily Shitalakhkha in Shonargang. According to the source, some terrorists suddenly attacked them for a simple reason. Injured were admitted to Shonargang health care complex. The Journalists have filed a General Dairy (GD) at Shonargang Thana in this connection.

On March 16, a gang of miscreants assaulted a journalist at Gopalpur Upaila in Tangail. The Police said, some youths led by Md Ibrahim, lecturer of Falda Sihabuddin College in Bhuapur upazila, swooped on Joynal, a local correspondent of the daily Ittefaq when he was returning home.

On March 21, Anis Rahman, senior reporter of the daily Prothom Alo, Masud Ibne Ayub Karjon, staff reporter of the daily Samakal, and Arif Rahman, senior reporter of Bhorer Dak and former General Secretary of CRAB, were attacked by some policemen in the evening. The policemen attacked when they were on duty.

On March 27, five people were injured as a gang of local terrorists attacked journalist Prodip Chowdhury's house at Rajnarayanpur village near Bera Upaila. The injured were admitted to a local upazila health complex. A case was filed against those local terrorists.

On March 29, Saiful Islam Talukder, Dhaka Journalist Union Leader and his wife, were attacked by some local terrorists in Agargaog village at Ashulia in Savar at noon. According to the source, the injured were admitted to a hospital. 

International:  
On March 22, unidentified gunmen gunned down Anil Majumdar, editor of the Assamese Daily Aji. Majumdar, who had been campaigning for peace talks between the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) with the government, was in his late 40s. The Police detained his driver for questioning.

On March 2, a freelance US journalist was arrested in Iran who has no contact with her family since early February, according to the US media. National Public Radio and Fox News reported that Roxana Saberi (31), who was born in the United States, was arrested in the late January on the charge of buying alcohol.



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