Journalists Injured as Political Protests Engulf Bangladesh


International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expresses its deep concern at the

recent instances when journalists have been injured and on occassions,

attacked by political activists in the cities of Dhaka and Chittagong, as protests

engulf Bangladesh.

Reports from

IFJ partners in Bangladesh indicate that ten journalists were injured when activists

of the Islamic political party, the Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing, the

Chhatra Shibir clashed with police in the national capital Dhaka, after Friday

prayers were concluded on February 22.


were reportedly demanding the dispersal of crowds gathered in Shahbagh square,

another quarter of the city, demanding quick and effective punishment for war

crimes suspects from the Bangladesh war of liberation of 1971.

According to

information received from the Bangladesh Manobadhikar Songbadik Forum, police reportedly

employed crowd control measures when the Jamaat and Chhatra Shibir protesters

departed from the agreed route and began moving towards Shahbagh square,

threatening a direct confrontation.


were among several others injured when the police resorted to a baton charge

and fired rubber bullets to defuse the situation.


journalists injured in Dhaka include GTV reporter Masudur Rahman, Independent

TV cameraperson Nurul Islam, Maasranga TV reporter Abdullah Tuhin, Amar Desh photographer Mir Ahmed Miru, Ekattar

TV reporter Arifuzzaman, Sangbad reporter Sayeed Bablu, and freelance journalist Aminul Islam Bhuiyan.

Elsewhere, at

least six journalists were injured in Bangladesh’s principal port city of

Chittagong, when a procession of Islamists shouting slogans against the

Shahbagh square protests attacked them after Friday prayers.


of Jugantor and Inqilab dailies, camerapersons of the Maasranga, ATN Bangla and ATN

News TV channels, and the correspondent of Banik

Barta ere injured.

The growing

political confrontation between the Islamist parties and a coalition of civil

society actors demanding accountability for 1971 war crimes, has witnessed a

number of deaths of protesters. On February 15, a protestor and anti-Islamist blogger

Ahmed Rajib Haider, was murdered shortly after returning home from a

demonstration. This led to a further escalation in the anti-Islamist protests.

The IFJ joins

partners in Bangladesh in calling on both sides to honour the basic rules of

safety for journalists engaged in reporting ongoing events.


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