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Editors' Council express concern over recent spate of attacks against journalists

  • Published at 01:37 pm March 15th, 2020
Ariful Islam - Kurigram
File photo of Dhaka Tribune's Kurigram district correspondent Ariful Islam

Dhaka Tribune's Kurigram district correspondent Ariful Islam was picked up from his home in the middle of night, and was sent to jail by a mobile court set up at the Kurigram deputy commissioner’s office

The Editors' Council, in a statement on Sunday, expressed grave concern regarding recent reports of indiscriminate attacks, abuse and torture against journalists in many parts of the country. 

Particularly Ariful Islam, Dhaka Tribune's district correspondent based in Kurigram, who was picked up from his home in the middle of night, and was sent to jail by a mobile court set up at the Kurigram deputy commissioner’s office. 

It was unfortunate and also very depressing to say the least. The Editors' Council was shocked to learn about the incident. It was simply not allowed by the laws of the land, and has overstepped the government's authority.

The Editors' Council demanded immediate withdrawal of the case against newsman Ariful Islam, said the statement issued by Editors’ Council President Mahfuz Anam, and its Secretary General Naem Nizam.

It also demanded immediate withdrawal of Kurigram's deputy commissioner (DC) and administrative action against the persons responsible for the incident.

“At the same time, the Editor's Council expresses its fear over the recent missing incident of Shafiqul Islam Kajol, a journalist in Dhaka. We hope that the authorities concerned shall take immediate action to determine his whereabouts and hand him over to his family. 

“The Editors' Council also condemns the physical assaults on Bangladesh Pratidin's Meherpur correspondent Mahbubul Haque Polen.”

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