The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins partners in Bangladesh in strongly condemning the arrest
and subsequent alleged custodial torture of Mostafizur Rahman Sumon, a crime
reporter with the web-based news portal, justnewsbd.com.
Sources in Bangladesh have informed the IFJ that
Sumon was arrested on July 13 in the vicinity of a computer store in the capital
city of Dhaka. He was taken to an unknown location by the Detective Branch of
the local police and held for two days, during which he was allegedly severely
The president and general secretary of the National
Press Club, Kamal Uddin Sabuj and Syed Abdal Ahmad, have in a joint statement,
denounced Sumon’s arrest and torture.
Sumon’s family believes that he is being victimized for his active
involvement in the protests over the police failure to bring to justice the
perpetrators of the twin murder of the journalist couple Meherun Runi and Sagar
Sarowar in March.
Sources suggest that he is still being held in custody.
“The IFJ calls for Sumon’s immediate release and a comprehensive medical
examination to establish the nature of any torture he may have suffered”, said
the IFJ Asia-Pacific.
“Those responsible for his arrest and incarceration must be held
accountable for any possible breach of Bangladesh’s international human rights
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