Federation of Journalists (IFJ) notes with concern the increasing hazards faced
by journalists in Bangladesh as political strife intensifies.
On May 16,
police baton charged a protest organised by the opposition Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) in the capital city of Dhaka, injuring several
participants and at least five journalists.
demonstration was staged to protest the arrest of a number of senior leaders of
the opposition alliance led by the BNP that day. All of the injured journalists
were either reporters or camera-persons for local news channels.
On May 14, the
nephew of a leading politician and minister in the Bangladesh government assaulted
a journalist in the locality of Pabna district, allegedly in retaliation for
stories published on his involvement in possible corruption.
Mamun, the local correspondent for the Bangla daily Kaler Kontho, was admitted to Pabna Medical College Hospital (PMCH)
with serious injuries.
came without warning at 10 a.m. while Mamun was at a roadside tea-stall. It
involved an estimated ten assailants, armed with sticks and iron rods.
A case has
been registered against all those believed responsible. Local journalists have
demonstrated outside the offices of the district administration and the police,
demanding their immediate arrest.
to journalists, either in direct retribution for perceived negative reporting
or as a consequence of disregard for their safety, is a clear violation of
media rights. The press should be able to report freely on events in the public
interest without fear for their personal safety”, said the IFJ Asia-Pacific.
“The IFJ joins
the Bangladesh journalists’ unions in demanding quick and effective action in
both of these cases, to challenge the idea that journalists are fair game in
the intensifying conflict between the ruling party and the opposition”.
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