IFJ Welcomes Release of Editor After 22 Months in Prison




International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the release of Atiqullah

Khan Masud, editor of the Bengali daily Janakantha, following bail

granted by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.



to reports from Dhaka, Atiqullah Khan was

released on January 20 after more than 22 months in detention.



Khan was taken into custody in March 2007 by Bangladesh special forces and charged

with alleged corruption under the emergency regulations then in force. He was

later convicted in six separate cases to a total of 48 years’ imprisonment, by

special courts set up under the emergency regulations.


“The IFJ notes

that the functioning of the media in Bangladesh over the past two years

has been thoroughly destablised by a series of arrests of senior editors and

executives,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.


“With the

release of Atiqullah Khan, we call on the newly installed democratic government

to conduct a review of all such cases.”


The IFJ meanwhile

welcomes assurances by the new Information Minister that freedom of the press

will be a high priority for his ministry, and that he will pay close attention

to issues concerning safety and security for media personnel.


“The restoration

of democratic governance encourages hope that the overall circumstances for the

media in Bangladesh

will improve significantly over the next few months,” Park said.



further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 122 countries