Bangladesh / Asia

Journalists attacked in Bangladesh since 1992

  

Jailed under Digital Security Act, Bangladeshi cartoonist Kabir Kishore says he was tortured

Bangladeshi cartoonist Kabir Kishore’s first stop after he was released from prison on March 4 after 10 months in custody was the hospital, where he was treated for a burst eardrum, leg injuries, diabetes, and other ailments after being taken from his home, jailed, and allegedly tortured.  Days before his release, his colleague Mushtaq Ahmed, a co-accused…

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At least 17 journalists injured covering protests in Bangladesh

Washington, D.C., March 29, 2021 – Bangladesh police must ensure that officers do not harm members of the press covering protests, and should investigate attacks on journalists by demonstrators and police officers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On March 25 and 26, in Dhaka, the capital, members of the Chhatra League, the youth…

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CPJ sends letter calling on Bangladesh prime minister to investigate journalist death, abuse

CPJ urges Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to order independent investigations into the death in custody of writer Mushtaq Ahmed and into the alleged torture of Ahmed and political cartoonist Kabir Kishore.

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Bangladeshi writer Mushtaq Ahmed dies in jail; cartoonist Kabir Kishore allegedly abused in custody

New York, February 25, 2021 — Bangladeshi authorities should conduct a swift, transparent, and independent investigation into the death of writer and commentator Mushtaq Ahmed in custody, and should release jailed political cartoonist Kabir Kishore unconditionally and investigate claims that he was subjected to physical abuse in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today….

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Bangladeshi journalist Borhan Uddin Muzakkir dies of gunshot wounds after police, demonstrators open fire amid political clashes

New York, February 22, 2021 — Bangladeshi authorities must swiftly identify the killers of journalist Borhan Uddin Muzakkir and hold them to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On February 19, in the Companiganj area of Bangladesh’s southern Noakhali district, police and armed demonstrators opened fire during clashes in the street between two…

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Bangladesh court sentences 5 to death, 1 to life in prison for murder of blogger Avijit Roy

New York, February 16, 2021 — In response to a Bangladesh court’s sentencing today of five people to death for their involvement in the 2015 murder of blogger Avijit Roy, and another to life in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We welcome the guilty verdicts against those involved in the…

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Police escort journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol at a court in Khulna, Bangladesh, on May 3, 2020. (Dhaka Tribune)

Bangladesh charges 3 journalists under Digital Security Act

New York, February 8, 2021 – In response to Bangladesh authorities’ recent filing of charges under the Digital Security Act against photographer Shafiqul Islam Kajol, writer Mushtaq Ahmed, and cartoonist Kabir Kishore, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement: “We are extremely alarmed by Bangladeshi authorities’ continuous and blatant abuse of the Digital…

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Photographer Abul Kalam detained in Bangladesh after documenting refugee relocation

New York, January 5, 2021 – Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release photographer Abul Kalam and allow the press to freely cover refugee issues in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On December 28, authorities at the Kutupalong Registered Camp, a refugee camp in the southeastern city of Cox’s Bazar, detained Kalam after…

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Bangladesh High Court directs authorities to “block” journalist’s social media channels

The Bangladesh High Court directed authorities to “block” journalist Kanak Sarwar’s social media pages, including YouTube and Facebook, on December 8, 2020 after he interviewed a politician in Bangladesh on YouTube, according to Sarwar and local news reports. It was not clear if the authorities had contacted YouTube or Facebook regarding Sarwar’s accounts, which he…

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Bangladesh prosecutors block bail of journalist Jamal Mir

On November 10, 2020, the Dhaka High Court granted the bail of Jamal Mir, a freelance journalist who had been detained since May, but on November 15, a chamber judge in the Bangladesh Supreme Court’s appellate division blocked that order, keeping the journalist in detention, according to court documents reviewed by CPJ and Rezaur Rehman…

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