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State of Press Freedom, 2009

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August, 2009
A total number of seven journalists were attacked, taken threat and harassed in seven different incidents across the country in August 2009. During the period one journalist was harassed by activist of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC), four journalists came under attack in four different incidents, three were received death threat or threat during the month while they were doing their professional duties. There is a report about murder of a journalist, MM Ahsan Habib Bari known as Luna (30), executive editor of the weekly Shampotik Samoy, was gunned down by some miscreant in Tongi. A case was lodged in this regard. But no one arrest in this incident.   

On August 26, MM Ahsan Habib Bari known as Luna (30), executive editor of the weekly Shampotik Samoy, published from RK Mission Road in Dhaka at Minerbazar Rail Gate area, was gunned down by some miscreant in Tongi. A case was lodged in this regard. The cause behind the killing could not be known immediately. Eyewitness took him to hospital and duty doctor declared his death. His national ID card recognized him. Polish arrested one of the four miscreants.

Death threat/ Threat:
On August 12, Md. Shofikul Islam, Ashuganj correspondent of the daily Jaijaidin, was received death threatened for reporting news against Shamim Bhuiyan, member of village Dogriser Ward in Araishidha Union. Shofikul Islam was filed a general dairy with Ashuganj thana in this connection.

On August 26, Md. Aktaruzzaman Bakul, founder secretary of Nagarpur district Press Club, and Nagarpur correspondent of the daily Amar Desh, was received death threat from former secretary of Chhatra Dal Md. Farook Ahmed in Tangail. Bakul filed a general dairy against Farook with Nagarpur Thana in this connection.

Arrest/ Jail:
On August 06, Ramzan Essergenov, chief editor of the newspaper Alma-Ata info, was sentenced to three years in prison for divulging state by a court sitting in closed session over an article in which he questioned whether the ex-Soviet republic was ruled by the president or the secret service.

On August 26, Iqbal Hossain, Keraniganj correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo, has been harassed by activist of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTC) at Keraniganj in Dhaka. They also have beaten him very severely. Police Mamun was reached there and arrested one of the activists from the incident.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On August 12, Abdul Malek, Chandida district correspondent of the Daily Shangram and Shaptahik Megoti, was injured by unidentified miscreants. Local said, this was happened at 10 am. Malek was lodged a general dairy (GD) with thana in this connection.

On August 17, a journalist was beaten by Awami League (AL) general secretary Abdul Malek. The victim was Sayeedur Rahman Naju, a crime reporter of NNB, a news agency. According to him, he was drinking a cup of tea at Montu’s stall. At that time, Abdul Malek came to him and beaten him very severely. Local people had been taken him to hospital and a general dairy (GD) has been filed in this connection.

On August 25, Ohabuzzaman Jhontu, special correspondent of Gamer Kagoj newspaper in Josore and BDnews journalist, was physically assaulted by terrorists. In this incident, the local journalists were very angry and filed a case in this connection.

On August 28, some local terrorist in Noyakhali attacked Alauddin, newspaper agent at Begumganj. At least 2-lakh TK lose for this incident. Terrorist also attacked Alauddin's house and his mother. He filed a case with Judicial Magistrate#3 Begumganj in this connection.

On August 04, Lubna Ahmed al-Hussein, media department of the United Nations Mission, facing 40 lashes for wearing ‘indecent’ trousers vowed on the eve of her judgment that she is ready to be whipped 40,000 times in her bid to change the country’s harsh laws. She is to be judged under Article 152 of Sudanese law, which promises 40 lashes for anyone who commits an indecent act which, violates public morality or wears indecent clothing.

On August 09, Nizam Uddin Ahmed, senior correspondent of Reuters, and Sultan Ahmed Ashrafi, senior sub-editor of the local daily Azadi, were accorded reception for their outstanding contribution to respective field Chittagong Press Club.

On August 12, Hanif Mollah, a renounced journalist and Rupganj correspondent of the Narayanganj based 'Dainik Shacheton' was honored at a meeting with Isha Kha gold medal for his contribution to human rights and journalism.

On August 09, Saudi Arabia has closed the offices of a Lebanon-based television channel controlled by a billionaire reformist tycoon after a national boasted of his sexual exploits on its racy talk 'Bold Red Line' in which Jaddah resident Abdul Jawad openly discussed his free-wheeling sex life and use of sex aids and toys.

On August 24, Janullah Hashimzada (40) was gunned down by gunmen. He was returning from Afghanistan in a passenger coach when militants ambushed the vehicle near Jamrud town by Khyber tribal district, a known stronghold of Taliban militants.

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