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State of Press Freedom, 2009


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AT A GLANCE

April, 2009
In April, at least 10 journalists received death threat or threat in five different incidents, 18 journalists were came under attack or physical assault in nine incidents, four cases were filed against 19 journalists, and six were harassed in two incidents. However, no unnatural death or murder was reported during this month.

Death threat/ Threat: 
On April 1, an unidentified terrorist gave death threat to Bera upazila correspondent of the daily Inqilab through mobile phone. The victim filed a General Dairy (GD) with Bera police station in this connection.

On April 5, Kaiyum Ahmed Jewel, correspondent of the daily New Nation, was threathened by activists of Islamist militant outfit Hijbut Tauhid for publishing a news story about militant activities of the organization in Patuakhali. He filed a General Dairy (GD) with the Patuakhali sadar police station in this connection. According to the dairy, they also threatened to blow up his residence by bombing.

On April 16, Ataur Rahman Mintu, Press Club Organizer of Gofurgaon and correspondent of the daily Ittefaq, Toffazal Hossain, correspondent of the daily Jugantor, Abdul Salam Sabuj, General Secretary of Gofurgaon Reporters Unity and correspondent of the daily Korotoa, and Ashraful Sijol, correspondent of the daily destiny, were death threatened from some unidentified persons over mobile phone. They filed a General Dairy (GD) with Gofurgaon police station in this connection. 

On April 23, Khairul Alam, Kalkini correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo, was given death threat from Khairul Alam Khokon Bepari, Deputy-Secretary of Awami League, for published a report against him and Khokon gave threat over mobile phone. Khairul Alam filed a General Dairy (GD) with Kalkini Thana in this connection.  

On April 29, Shamim Pervez Khan, Dhamrai correspondent of the daily Shanbad, was death threatened by some local terrorist for reporting against them. Terrorist were also threatened his family members. For this reason, they are now very afraid of this situation. Shamim filed a general dairy (GD) with Dhamrai Thana in this connection.

On April 29, Sheikh Masudur Rahman, President and Soeyod Muradul Islam, Chief Secretary of Gopalganj Press Club, were threatened from a person name Moulana Shoyeb through mobile phone. He was also threaded to bombing the Press Club building. President and Chief Secretary of the Press Club were filed a separate general dairy (GD) with Gopalganj Police Station in this connection.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On April 2, former Member of Parliament, Moulana Delwer Hossain Sayeedi, send a legal notice to Salma Islam, Editor and Publisher, and Saiful Islam, Sub-editor of the Jugantor. Delwer send legal notice due to published false and defamatory news against him in the daily Jugantor on March 31.

On April 11, former Member of Parliament, Moulana Delwer Hossain Sayeedi, send a legal notice to Mahmudur Rahman Chowdhury, Editor and Soeyod Shahabuddin Ahmed, Publisher of the Bangladesh Today. Delwer said that, they published this report for harassed him. This newspaper published against him on April 8.  

On April 22, Lawyer Mohammad Morsheduzzaman, was filed a case against Rahat Khan, Editor of the daily Ittefaq, and including 12 more correspondent of this newspaper for publishing false and defamatory news report. The victims are Saju Hossain, Publisher of the daily Ittefaq; Chief Reporter, Shakil Ahmed; Deputy Chief Reporter, Monir Hayder; and many more.   

On April 22, BNP Parliamentary elected candidate and an industrialist Hazi Mujibur Rahman filed a defamatory case against M A Wahid Rulu, Komolgang correspondent of the daily Inqilab and also correspondent of the Shamol Sylhet newspaper. 

On April 27, Khulshi Thana OC Anayet Kobir was filed a case against Maksud Ahmed, correspondent of the daily Janakantho for keeping speech in seminer, which is against him.     

Harassment:
On April 27, Bikul Chakroborty, Mulovibazar district correspondent of Ekushey Television (ETV) and Srimongal correspondent of the daily Vorer Kagoj, Kawser Ahmed Rion, ETV Cameraman, Gopal Bordhon, Channel-S Cameraman and Shirajul Islam, correspondent of the weekly Patakuri Desh newspaper, were harassed by some local people at Finley Garden in Srimongal at noon. They were harassed when they were doing their professional job.

On April 28, some Chhatra League activists in Jahangirnagar University, physically assaulted Rezaul Haque, university correspondent of the daily Amar Desh and Emon Rahman, correspondent of the daily Amader Shomoy, when they were collecting some news.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On April 2, four upazila correspondents of national newspapers were injured in clashes as a group of Chhatra League activists attacked the Koyra Press Club for publishing reports against them on March 31 in connection with the capturing of shrimp enclosure in Khulna. Sheikh Harunar Rashid, Koyra correspondent of the daily Destiny, Humaon Kobir, Koyra correspondent of the daily Ittefaq, Mostafa Shafiul Islam, correspondent of the daily Inqilab, and Kawser Alam, correspondent of the daily Vorer Dak. The activists had bitten them very severely.

On April 6, four media personnel of Ekushey Television (ETV) were injured when a group of terrors attacked them while carrying out their professional duties at Zorgach bazaar in Chilmari upazila of Kurigram district. The victims are Akhil Podder, Senior Reporter; Staff Reporter Ahmed Hossain Babu, Cameraman Mamun Mollah and Kurigram Correspondent Ataur Rahman Biplob.

On April 6, Chhatra League activist, Joshim due to a simple reason, attacked Sajjad Pervez, Jahangirnagar University correspondent of the daily Dinkal. The incident was happened in front of Mir Mossarraf Hall at 4 pm. Jashim had bitten him very severely.

On April 10, some local terrorist attacked Azizul Haque Mukul, Reporter of the News Agency 'Focus Bangla', at 11 am. Injured was taken to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Local people caught that terrorist and handed over to police in Dhanmondi Thana.

On April 12, Abdullah Al Amin Biplob, Gofurgaon correspondent of the daily Samakal, was attacked and bitten very severely by some terrorists. Local people were admitted him to Gofurgaon Upazila Health Complex. According to the local people, at least 10 or 12 terrorists were attacked him.

On April 18, Mizanur Rahman Bulbul, correspondent of Daily Amar Desh, and Mehedi Hasan, correspondent of Daily Destiny, had attacked by some local terrorists of Kotalipara. Attackers also snatched their mobile phone, a camera and come cash money from them. Bulbul and Mehedi filed a General Dairy (GD) with Kotalipara Thana in this connection.

On April 19, some local terrorists about a simple reason attacked Dipok Voumik, Senior Sub-editor of the Daily Destiny. According to the local people, Dipok was going to his residence after finished his professional work. This incident was happened at Fatullah Shibu Market Bus-stand in Narayanganj.

On April 24, Mohammad Al Amin Bhayan, Araihazar correspondent of the daily Destiny, had attacked by a terrorist, Pagla Monir in Pachrukhi village. He filed a case against Monir and informed Senior Inspector. After that police was arrested Monir who is selected local terrorist in this area.

On April 27, M Shaiful Alam Shafi, a Staff reporter of the Bengali daily Probhat, was attacked by some local miscreants in Dumaria upazila headquarters in Khulna. Shafi was admitted to Khulna Medical College Hospital in critical conditions. The attack was carried out as he threatened to file reports on their activities over setting up a club on a Khas land in the area.

On April 29, some local Drug Dealers due to reporting against them attacked Ali Hossain Tito, Rupganj correspondent of the daily Amar desh and S M Nure Alam, correspondent of the daily Bhorer Dak. Firstly they gave threat to those journalists after that they attacked them.   

Others:
On April 22, 15 journalists and five employees of national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) will get back their jobs as its management withdrew appeals against the High Court judgments that had declared the terminations illegal and ordered reinstating them with all back salaries and allowances. According to the Court course, a four-member Appellate Division bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice MM Ruhul Amin, granted the prayers for withdrawal of the appeals moved by BSS lawyers M Assaduzzaman. The journalist who will back their jobs are: Ajit Sarker, Halim Azad, Samir Barua, Ashikunnabi Chowdhury, Shahnaz Begum, Modhusudan Mondal, Afzal Hossain, Kanai Chakraborty, AZM Sarowar Chowdhury, Swapan Basu, Obaidul Gani, Mahfuza Jesmin, Noor-e-Jannat Sima, Bithi Jaman Chowdhury and Abu Nasar.

On April 23, some terrorists were captured Paritosh Chando Shaha's house who is the Leader Journalist of Awami League at Kuliarchor in Kishorganj. He filed a general dairy (GD) with Kuliarchor Police Station in this connection.

On April 27, Golam Sarwer returned as editor to the Bangla-language daily Samakal who was founding editor of the daily. He said, I had to quit midway but I hope to reach that goal with the existing team. He would back to his deputy editor post, said Acting editor Mojammel Hossain.  

International:
On April 19, Raxana Saberi, a 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen and an American journalist jailed in Iran had been convicted of spying and sentence to eight years in prison. The verdict was the first time Iran has found an American journalist guilty of spying, and it was unclear how the conviction would affect recent overtures.

On April 24, two US journalists accused by North korea of crossing into the country illegally from China and committing 'hostile acts' will be tried on criminals charges, North Korea announced. North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency confirmed their detention and saying indictments were being prepared as an investigation into suspected illegal entry and unspecified 'hostile acts' continued. A dispatch said, the investigation had concluded, and the journalists would stand trial 'on the basis of the confirmed crimes'. It did not say exactly what charges they face or when the trial would take place.



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