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State of Press Freedom, 2009

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May, 2009
In May, at least 29 journalists became the victim of arrest, threat, death threat, physical assaults and other harassment during their professional activities in 11 different incidents. Off these incidents, two journalists were given death threat; six injured in several attacks or physical assault by the miscreants, three cases were filed against 20 journalists, a journalist was abducted in another incident. However, no report of murder or unnatural death was reported during this month.

Death threat/ Threat: 
On May 9, members of the Pistal Nura and Koktel Habu group have given threat to all national and local journalists who are daring to publish report against them in Rupganj. Local terrorist said, if the journalist were published the report against them then the terrorists would cut journalist's hand and hang their hand with the tree. President of the Press Club, was filed a general dairy (GD) with Rupganj Police Station in this connect on May 10.

On May 13, Kahirul Alam, Kalkini upazila correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo, has faced a death threat, allegedly from senior vice-president of upazila Awami League Khokon Bepari as the correspondent reported a news item of constructing with substandard materials. Awami League district chief Ferdous Jamader said, if Alam lodged complaint against him then he would go for an action.

On May 29, Amanullah Kabir, Editor of the daily Dinkal, was death threatened from an unknown person through mobile phone by message at 12:48 pm. The message was full of slang words and threat. A general dairy (GD) has been filed with Tejgaon Shilpachol Police Station in this connection.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On May 10, Shamim Ahmed Rizvi, student leader of National party, has been filed a case against Alamgir Mohiuddin, the Editor, Shamsul Huda, the Publisher, and Reporter of the daily Naya Diganta due to published false, fabricated and imaginary report against H M Ershad about his another marriage which was held in Chinese restaurant.

On May 12, Ashraffuzzaman Babul, Krishok league leader of Khulna district, has been filed a defamatory case against 12 journalists due to published false, fabricated and imaginary news item. The victims were Ataus Samad, Editor of the daily Amar Desh, Alamgir Mohiuddin, Editor of the daily Naya Diganta, Kazi Mataher Rahman Babu, Chief of Khulna Office, Staff Reporter Atiyer Pervez, Ershad Ali, Khulna Bureau Chief, Liyakot Ali, Editor of the daily Purbachol, Arun Shaha, Sub-editor, Amyo Kanti Pal, Chief Reporter, Alamgir Hannan, Staff Reporter of Purbachol, Ali Ahmed, Editor, and Mizanur Rahman Milton, Sub-editor of the daily Anirban, and Atiyer Pervez, Editor of the local News Agency, Fast News.

On May 25, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad of Jamaat-e-Islam filed Tk. 100 crore defamation suit with the district judge's court here against 5 journalists. They are Abul Hasan Md. Al Farook, Publisher, Syed Hossain Chowdhury, Editor Chairman, Kazi Rokunuddin Ahmed, Editor, Mahmud Al Faysal, Acting Editor and Sheikh Mofiz, Reporter of the daily Jai Jai Din. Maulana Azad claimed that the daily on may 13 published a false, fabricated and imaginary report against him on his alleged involvement in war crimes tarnishing his image at home and abroad.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On May 2, Abul Khayer (60), district newspaper agent, was attacked by some local terrorists while he was returning to his own residence after finished distributing of newspapers at Begamganj in Noyakhali. He was severely injured and has admitted to Begamganj District Health Complex.

On May 9, some local terrorists have attacked Md Abdul Halim, Hobiganj District's correspondent of the ATN Bangla channel, when he was doing his professional duty. Injured Halim had taken to the Hobiganj Sadar Hospital and after that taken to Dhaka for better treatment. Local terrorists were also snatched video camera and mobile phone of Halim. He was filed a general dairy (GD) with Hobiganj Police Station in this connection on May 10.

On May 12, S M Raju, the university of Potuyakhali Science and Technology correspondent of the daily Naya Diganta, has attacked by some local terrorists while he was protesting his two colleagues in arrange a Human Chain. At that time, he was beaten very badly and has taken to the University Health Care Hospital for treatment.

On May 16, Lawyer of the Awami League and APP Pronob and former APP Jahed for a simple reason attacked and severely beaten up Yusuf Raihan, Cameraman of the Baishakhi Channel, and Rupom Bhottacharjo, Photographer of the daily Naya Bangla. They were claimed a written document against them to Chittagonj district Lawyer in this connection.

On May 23, Z M Saifullah Monir, Kaokhali correspondent of the daily Dinkal, has attacked and beatn up by an unknown terrorist at Pirojpur in Kaokhali through mobile phone due to published a report against him. Monir was badly injured and admitted to the hospital. His wife has been filed a general dairy (GD) with Kaokhali Police Station in this connection.

On May 31, Matin Rahman, Benopal correspondent of the daily Dinkal, was abducted by Awami League activists due to give demanded money and beaten up very severely in front of his daughter while he was doing his professional duty. The activists were captured his motorbike and mobile phone.

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