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State of Press Freedom, 2009

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November, 2009
A total of 27 journalists were assaulted or harassed in 15 different incidents across the country in November 2009. During the period 11 journalists came under attack in four incidents, six were given death threat, a case was filed implicating seven journalists, three were arrested. However, no report of casualties or murder was reported during the month.

Death threat/ Threat: 
On November 11, some unidentified persons threatened to bomb the Ctg Press club and the Court building through a mobile massage. The president of the Ctg Press Club, Abu Sufian, and general secretary, Rashed Rouf, received short messages containing the threat on their cell phones; the sender had threatened to explode time-bombs and remote-control bombs in the CPR and the Court building in the period between 11am-2pm.

On November 12, Abul Hashem Majumder, journalist of the daily Naya Diganta, was force for extorted by an unidentified miscreant through mobile phone. Miscreant also threatened him to death if he failed their demand. General dairy (GD) was filed with two different police stations in this connection.

On November 16, A Hai Milon, correspondent of the daily Jugantor, Ziyaur Rashed, Samakal correspondent and Abul Hasan Asif, Inquilab correspondent, were taken crossfire threat from RAB-1 activist member Majibur Rahman through mobile phone. After the victims were filed a general diary (GD) against Majibur Rahman. Police was investigating this issue.

Case/ Legal Notice:
On November 3, Awami League lawmaker from Patuakhali-3 Golam Moula Rany sued editors of four national dailies and their seven journalists for defamation, claiming Tk.100 crore in damages. The victims are the Daily Manabjamin Chief Editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, its Editor and Publisher Mahbuba Chowdhury, two reporters Abu Zafar and Zia Shaheen, Jugantor Editor and Publisher Salma Islam, its Executive Editor Saiful Islam and Barisal Bureau Chief Akhter Faruque Shaheen, Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar, its publisher AK Azad and Patuakhali district correspondent Mufti Salauddin, and Prothom Alo Editor and publisher Motiur Rahman.

Arrest/ Jail:
On November 7, Mohanpur thana police have arrested three local journalists on charge of extortion. They were identified as MM Mamun, Kesorhat correspondent of regional daily The Sonali Sangbad, Mostakin Alam Sohel, correspondent of local daily Notun Provat, and Rafiqul Alam Sohel, newspaper hawker and Mohanpur correspondent of the daily Sunshine. According to the sources, these three journalists on November 3 noon went to Islamic General Hospital at Mohanpur and demanded Tk.10,000 as toll within an hour from manager of the clinic Sajjadul Islam Shentu.

Attack/ Physical assault:
On November 1, a group of terrorist were attacked a journalist. Victim was Maiyn Uddin Rana, reporter of Shaptahik Jahur newspaper published from Feni. He was injured very badly and had been admitted to hospital by the help of local people.

On November 6, three correspondents of three defferent dailies, were injured in attacked by Awami League (AL) labour secretary Md. Mominul Islam while they were doing their professional duty. The victims were Monirul Islam, Bancharampur correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo, Samakal correspondent Amzad Hossain and Manabjamin correspondent Ahmed Shubir. Mominul was leading 8/10 activists of Jubo League and Chhatra League by attacking them. They attacked the journalists due to publish report against drug business of Bancharampur district in Bakhmanbaria. The journalists were captured for an hour in a shop. A general dairy (GD) was filed with Bancharampur thana in this connection.

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