Media Release: Bangladesh
April 8 2013
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned to learn of separate
assaults on four journalists by political activists during day-long protests in
the Bangladesh capital city of Dhaka on April 6.
reports from IFJ’s partners and associates in Bangladesh, the journalists,
including one woman, were attacked while reporting on protests by the Islamist
political party, Hefajat-e-Islam.
demonstration by the political activists originated in the eastern port city of
Chittagong on April 5, where they allegedly assaulted Mohim Mirza, reporter of
Sharmeen, a reporter assigned to cover the rally by Ekushey Television, was
attacked by activists in the Motijheel area. Speaking to the media from a
hospital where she was taken for treatment, Nadia said that her attackers also
took her purse and mobile phone and told her that it was not a woman’s job to
cover the rally.
A number of
other female journalists were also reportedly attacked during the rally, though
they decided not to submit formal reports or identify themselves.
Kabir and cameraperson, Khurshed Alam from SA Television, were both assaulted
and Khurshed’s camera was snatched while he recorded an interview with leaders
of the Islamist party in the Paltan area. Khurshed was admitted to a hospital
with serious wounds, while Mohsin was released after treatment.
Sohel Rana, a
cameraperson with ATN News was also injured during the day’s events after he
was attacked with sticks by political activists in front of Notre Dame College.
In the Savar
area of Dhaka city, TV camerapersons Abul Halim of Baishakhi and Nazmul Huda of
Ekushey, reported attempts to snatch their cameras as they shot footage of the
Hefajat-e-Islam’s march being blocked by police.
condemns these attacks which come amidst Islamist parties denouncing bloggers
and journalists reporting on the two-month long youth agitation over the trial of
those accused of war crimes from the country’s 1971 war of liberation, as “atheists”
and enemies of the faith” said IFJ Asia Pacific Director Jacqueline Park. “We call for calmer counsels and an effort by
both the ruling party and opposition, to restrain the hostile rhetoric against
the media, which often triggers actual acts of violence”.
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