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State of Press Freedom, 2009

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October, 2009
At least 40 journalists became the victim of arrests, false cases, death threat and physical assaults in 18 different incidents during the month. In those incidents, 16 journalists were assaulted physically in six separate incidents, eight journalists were received death threat or threat in five separate incidents and three separate cases were filed implicating 12 journalists. And bad news is that two journalists were passed away while they were doing their professional duty during the month. They were Abdul Hannan, reporter of the daily Rupali, and Mizan known as Manju, photojournalist of the Dainik Desh.

On October 01, Abdul Hannan, reporter of the daily Rupali, was killed at Demra Basherpul in Dhaka. According to his mother, one of his friends Shopon called him while he was eating his meal through mobile phone. Terrorist killed him and ran away with Hannan's motorcycle.  A case had been filed with Demra thana in this connection.

On October 14, Mizan known as Manju, photojournalist of the Dainik Desh, was fired to kill by terrorist at Keraniganj in Dhaka at around 6:30 pm. Another photojournalist was with him at that time and he was also injured. Local people have taken them to hospital and duty doctor declared Miraz’s death.

Death threat/ Threat:
On October 02, Ahad Chowdhury Tuhin, staff reporter of the Daily Amader Shomoy, ATN Bangla and, was death threatened to file a case by contractor Abdul Khalek in Bhola through mobile phone.

On October 4, Mominur Rashid Sain, Bagura staff reporter and photographer of the daily Amar Desh, was received death threatened from Aminul Farid, member of Pouro Council. Mominur Rashid filed a general diary against him in this connection.

On October 10, Kazi Shahed, correspondent of the Rajshahi Bureau, was received death threatened from Shamim Sarker, Charghat Chhatra League activists and businessman due to publish a report through mobile phone. He filed a general dairy (GD) with Boyalia Thana in this connection.

On October 10, Pulak Chatterje, bureau chief of the daily Samakal, Shopon Khondaker, bureau chief of the daily Jaijaidin, and Nazrul Bishash, staff reporter of the local Dainik Banglar Bon, were threat to cut their hand and leg by cadres, convener of Shomik League. Cadres also used slang language with them.

On October 26, Mohammad Ali Mridha, Shibchor correspondent of the daily Samakal, was taken death threat from some unidentified terrorists for publishing report. A general Dairy (GD) has been filed with Shibchor thana in this connection.

On October 29, Saiyod Mafajjal Hossain, general manager of the daily Ittefaq, was taken death threatened. Before that on October 10 some unidentified criminals attacked his car and beaten him very badly. He filed a general dairy (GD) with Matijhil thana, Sabujbag thana and Suttrapur thana in this connection.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On October 6, Bangladesh Telecommunication Commission authority has sent a legal notice to the daily Amar Desh due to publish false news against BTRC chairman. BTRC also will file a case very soon in this connection.

On October 6, Awami League MPs Golam Rahman Ronny of Golachipa in Patuakhali and Solaiman Haque of Chuadanga filed the five cases against the journalists following publication of reports on their 'misdeeds' in their respective newspapers. The victims are Israt Hossain Lipton, Golachipa correspondent of the Prothom Alo, Saimun Rahman Elite, Golachipa correspondent of the Amar Desh, and Shah Alam Sonny, Chuadanga correspondent of the Prothom Alo. Advocate SM Rezaul Karim appeared for the journalists.

On October 14, the Bashundhara Group lodged a general diary (GD) with the Tejgaon Police Station against eight people, including editors and publishers of the daily Prothom Alo and daily Samakal, on charge of arson. Alleging that the eight set fire to the Bashundhara shopping mall. But police refused to record the complaint as a case because the allegations were not found authentic. The eight people accused in the arson are Prothom Alo Editor and Publisher Matiur Rahman, Samakal Publisher AK Azad, editor of the daily Golam Sarwar, Latifur Rahman, Motiur Rahman's son Mahmudur Rahman Sasha, former Bashundhara officials Col (retd) Ahsanullah, Syed Alim Al Raji and Lashkar Lutfar Rahman.

Arrest/ Jail:
On October 19, Hasibur Rahman Bilu, senior staff correspondent of the Daily Star, was arrested in two false cases and later released on bail on October 20 in Bogra. Bogra Sadar police made the arrest at around 3:30pm and let him out on bail under section 494 of the penal code at around 7:00pm.

On October 05, Bakhteyer Islam Munna, district correspondent and editor of the shaptahik Johur newspaper, was harassed and physically assaulted by Fenny Custom officer due to collecting information for the news. Police protected Munna. Munna was filed a case with Fenny Model thana in this connection.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On October 03, Mahbub Hossain Mamun, Photo Journalist of the Bhorer Kagoj, was attacked by some unidentified terrorist at around 8:30pm at Sobujbag in Dhaka. Terrorist snatched camera from him and also beaten up him very severely.

On October 04, 10/12 miscreants including an identified Dhona Ghosh attacked Masum Badshah, correspondent of Bhorer Kagoj and general editor of Singaer press club in Manikganj. Miscreants also were confined more two journalists. They are Kohinur Islam Rabby, Singaer Press Club Secretary and Md. Shohrab Hossain, correspondent of the daily Naya Diganta.

On October 05, Sumon in Rajshahi physically assaulted Mominul Islam Mun, district correspondent of the daily inquilab. Sumon also snatched cash, mobile phone and gold chain from Mun. Mun was filed a general dairy with Boyalia thana in this connection.

On October 08, two cadres of Awami League identified as Mostafa Kamal and Shahab Uddin attacked Prothom Alo Photojournalist Rashed Mahmud, Staff reporter Pronob Bol and Mohammad Shekander, journalist of the daily Samakal, while journalists were collecting information for their news at Shitakunda district in Chittaganj. They snatched reporter's camera. Mostafa Kamal and Shahab Uddin were arrested on October 9.

On October 14, Amin Hossain (38), Photojournalist of the local newspaper, was attacked by some miscreants in Narayanganj. Police arrested one name Babu (28) in this incident. Local people have taken him to Narayanganj general hospital.

On October 29, Zahidur Rahman, NTV staff reporter, Ziaur Rahman, RTV correspondent, Abdul Halim, Baishakhi TV correspondent, and Shahed Jewel, correspondent of the daily Destiny, were injured in an attack allegedly by Awami League men at Savar in Dhaka. During demonstrates against the latest case filed against Tarique Rahman.

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