MAY 27, 2005
Posted: June 7, 2005
Wahid Hassan Raja, Bhorer Kagoj,
Nayeem Parvez, Amar Desh,
Shamim Mansur, Jugantor,
Kajol Hazra, Samakal,
Unidentified photographer, The Independent,
Tarikul Islam Pintu, ATN Bangla television
Abdur Rab, Channel I
3 unidentified photographers
On May 27, baton-wielding riot police on the Dhaka University campus beat seven photographers and cameramen who were covering protests over the traffic-related death of a student, international and local news agencies reported. During clashes between the police and students, police targeted and attacked photographers Wahid Hassan Raja of the daily Bhorer Kagoj, Nayeem Parvez of the daily Amar Desh, Shamim Mansur of the daily Jugantor, Kajol Hazra of daily Samakal, as well as an unidentified photographer from the English-language daily The Independent, and cameramen Tarikul Islam Pintu of ATN Bangla television and Abdur Rab of Channel I television. All the photographers and cameramen wore press cards that publicly identified them as working journalists.
Fighting between rival student political groups on the campus intensified the next day. Activists from Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) injured three more unidentified journalists at work, The Independent reported.