Prothom Alo

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CPJ sends letter to Bangladesh authorities over harassment of journalist Rozina Islam

Mr. Anisul HuqMinister of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary AffairsMinistry of Law, Justice, and Parliamentary AffairsPeople’s Republic of Bangladeshsecretary@lawjusticediv.gov.bd CC: Mr. Asaduzzaman KhanMinister of Home AffairsMinistry of Home AffairsPeople’s Republic of BangladeshWhatsApp +880 1711-541569minister@mha.gov.bd Dear Minister Anisul Huq, The Committee to Protect Journalists, an independent non-governmental organization that champions press freedom around the world, writes to…

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Students take an injured fellow to the hospital during clashes with unidentified assailants while they are protesting over recent fatal traffic accidents in Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 4, 2018. (Reuters/Mohammad Ponir Hossain)

Bangladesh orders Shahidul Alam held 7 days; more than a dozen journalists attacked

New York, August 6, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Bangladeshi authorities to immediately halt widespread attacks on journalists covering ongoing student protests in Dhaka and to release photographer Shahidul Alam from jail.

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The Bangladesh flag is waved during a cricket match in Dhaka in early 2018. At least four journalists were attacked in Bangladesh while covering local elections in July. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

Journalists in Bangladesh attacked and beaten covering local election

New York, August 1, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned violence against journalists covering local elections in the Bangladesh city of Sylhet, and called on authorities to identify and hold the attackers to account. At least four journalists were beaten, allegedly by police and supporters of the ruling Awami League party, according to news…

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A man reads a newspaper outside a Dhaka flower stall in 2015. Bangladesh's press say a climate of fear amid legal action, attacks, and threats makes covering sensitive issues difficult. (AP)

Bangladesh’s press say they are losing the courage to report amid threats from all sides

Nazmul Huda pointed his TV camera at garment workers demonstrating for higher wages in Savar, on the outskirts of Dhaka, and at the police firing tear gas and rubber bullets at them. It took a while for police to notice the ETV reporter, and they were furious. After all, they had ordered him to leave…

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Bangladeshis read a newspaper pasted to a wall in Dhaka. The editor of The Daily Star, based in the city, is facing multiple legal cases after saying he published unsubstantiated reports several years ago. (AP/A.M. Ahad)

79 cases and counting: Legal challenges pile up for Daily Star editor who admitted error in judgment

When Mahfuz Anam, editor of one of Bangladesh’s most respected newspapers, admitted recently to a lapse in editorial judgment several years ago, he could not have predicted the legal backlash that would ensue. Anam’s admission that he published unsubstantiated information accusing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of corruption has led to a barrage of defamation and…

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CPJ concerned by arrest of Bangladeshi journalist and his treatment in custody

New York, April 1, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists today calls on Bangladeshi authorities to release a detained journalist and probe allegations that he was mistreated in custody. Mizanur Rahman has been in jail since March 17, according to news reports and Rahman’s coworker.

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A 2007 election poster for Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Independent journalists in the country say the press is coming under pressure from her government. (AFP/Jewel Samad)

Mission Journal: Bangladeshi press reined in as Hasina exerts authority

Matiur Rahman Chowdhury has been the host of “Frontline,” a popular Bangla-language news show, for five years. Aired live three times a week, the show gained notoriety for bringing politicians, members of civil society, and journalists together to discuss current affairs. Chowdhury distinguished himself from many of his counterparts with his soft-spoken but firm demeanor…

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Journalist in Bangladesh assaulted in hospital

On May 13, 2014, Shishir Morol, a health correspondent for the Bengali-language daily Prothom Alo, was held for more than two hours and beaten by at least three doctors at a hospital in the capital, Dhaka, according to local reports. At the time of the attack, Morol was investigating the use of allegedly false credentials…

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Bangladeshi journalists attacked while covering extortion

At least five journalists reported being attacked on April 13, 2013, while covering alleged extortion by students at Dhaka University in the capital. News accounts said the students had been extorting money from drivers of vehicles in the surrounding area, but did not offer further details.

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Bangladeshi opposition supporters demonstrate in Dhaka on March 12 against an amendment introduced by the ruling party which scraps caretaker governments during elections. (AP/Aijaz Rahi)

Bangladesh backsliding on press freedom

“Bangladeshi democracy [may be] doomed to more of the same,” International Crisis Group wrote in a recent commentary. They are describing a longstanding pattern of antagonism between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League and the opposition Bangladesh National Party (BNP), which the Crisis Group describes as “a pernicious cycle of zero-sum politics.” If the political…

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