Journalists Attacked by Youth Affiliate of Bangladesh Ruling Party

Media Release: Bangladesh                                                                         

April 17, 2013

 

Bangladesh

partners in the South Asian Media Solidarity Network (SAMSN) inform the

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) about an attack on journalists in

the Dhaka University campus by activists of the Bangladesh Chhatra League

(BCL), student affiliate of the ruling party, the Awami League.

 

The incident

occurred on April 14 after a group of journalists went to the university campus

to inquire into reports that the youth activists had been extorting money from

pedestrians and passersby on the occasion of the Bangla New Year, or Pahela

Boisakh.

 

Among the

journalists who were assaulted were Ahmed Zaif, of the Bangla daily Prothom Alo, Moloy Kumar Dutta of the

news agency, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha, Protik Chakrabarty of the Daily Star, Sujan Mondol of the online

news service benews24.com. Dulal Samaddar of the Dhaka University journalism

department, who was with the group of journalists, was also attacked.

 

SAMSN takes

note of the prompt identification of the assailants by the BCL’s leadership in

Dhaka University and the assurance held out that they will be subject to due

sanctions.

 

 

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further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

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