Bangladesh / Asia

Journalists attacked in Bangladesh since 1992

  

Bangladeshi journalists face physical attacks, legal cases, and detention amid COVID-19 pandemic

Between March 10, 2020, and May 21, 2020, authorities detained at least six journalists in Bangladesh and opened investigations into at least nine more under the country’s Digital Security Act, according to news reports and CPJ interviews with journalists. At least seven other journalists were assaulted by both the authorities and political figures, according to…

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Bangladeshi authorities investigate 5 journalists, detain 2 under Digital Security Act for COVID-19 reporting

New York, June 22, 2020 – The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on authorities in Bangladesh to immediately and unconditionally release political cartoonist Kabir Kishore and writer and commentator Mushtaq Ahmed and to stop using the Digital Security Act to silence critical reporting on the coronavirus pandemic. On May 6, Kishore, Ahmed, and three…

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Rohingya refugees are seen in a camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, on December 11, 2019. CPJ recently spoke with refugee and journalist Ro Sawyeddollah about working in the camp. (AFP/Munir Uz Zamin)

Journalist in Rohingya refugee camp describes bracing for coronavirus without access to internet

Ro Sawyeddollah has lived in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, since he fled Myanmar along with thousands of other ethnic Rohingya in 2017, where the U.N. found that Rohingya live under threat of genocide.

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

Missing Bangladeshi journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol arrested after being found near Indian border

Washington, D.C., May 3, 2020–Police in Jessore, Bangladesh, should immediately release journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol from custody and drop all charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam receives medical help at Kurigram General Hospital on March 15, 2020. He was arrested and beaten by local authorities and police on March 13. (Dhaka Tribune)

Journalist Ariful Islam freed after arrest, beating, and conviction in Bangladesh

In the evening of March 13, 2020, men in paramilitary uniforms accompanied by local administrative officials in Kurigram District, in northern Bangladesh, raided the home of Ariful Islam, the area’s correspondent for the English-language Dhaka Tribune daily, and arrested him after allegedly finding illegal drugs in the house, according to news reports.

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People read newspapers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on January 30, 2019. Journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol recently went missing after he was named in a criminal defamation suit. (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

Journalist missing in Bangladesh following defamation suit

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 — Bangladesh authorities should spare no effort to locate missing journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, and should not allow a criminal defamation case to proceed against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Election posters in Bangladesh's capital, Dhaka, on January 29, 2020. Several journalists were attacked and harassed while covering polling in the city on February 1. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

Journalists covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh attacked, harassed

New York, February 4, 2020—The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by reports that several journalists were attacked, threatened, or had equipment taken while covering elections in Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, on February 1.

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The head office of Bangladeshi telecommunications company Bangalink is seen in Dhaka on October 26, 2016. The Sweden-based news website Netra News was recently blocked throughout Bangladesh. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

Bangladesh blocks Sweden-based news website Netra News

Beginning on December 28, 2019, Bangladeshi authorities have blocked domestic connections to Netra News, a recently launched news website based in Sweden, according to a report by Qatari broadcaster Al-Jazeera and Netra News editor-in-chief Tasneem Khalil, who wrote to CPJ via email.

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A man reads a newspaper in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on December 31, 2018. Police recently arrested and detained newspaper editor Abdul Asad. (AP/Anupam Nath)

Bangladeshi court orders 3-day detention of editor Abul Asad

New York, December 16, 2019 — Bangladeshi authorities should immediately release editor Abul Asad and must protect news outlets so they can report freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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People read a newspaper carrying headlines of the general election results in Dhaka on December 31, 2018. Several journalists were attacked and one was detained while covering the vote. (AFP/Indranil Mukherjee)

Journalist arrested, others beaten during Bangladesh elections

New York, January 2, 2019–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately release Hedait Hossain Molla, a reporter who was arrested in Khulna yesterday in relation to his election coverage, according to news reports.

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