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Reporters Without Borders issues "enemies of press freedom" blacklist

The Blacklist is an attempt to name all those who have personally committed crimes or grave offences against journalists or media and who are still unpunished.

Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities in the countries concerned to seriously and impartially investigate these cases and to prosecute and punish those responsible.

Bangladesh


On the blacklist :
Uddin, Sultan Salah (leader of the Jubodal political party)
No information available
Haque, Nurul (Leader of the Jamaat-e-islami political party)
No action so far
Hossain, Mofazzal (Policeman)
Arrested
Suman, Sayeed Hasan (Leader of the Purba Bangla Communist Party (BPCP))
Under legal investigation
Talukder, Shahidul Alam (local BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) lawmaker)
No action so far
 

Black list : Bangladesh
 

Perpetrator : Talukder, Shahidul Alam 
Position : local BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party) lawmaker 
Type of attack  : Physical attack
Place : Baufal , Bangladesh
Date : 12.08.2005
Legal action so far  : No action so far
Victim's name and employer  : Manjur Morshed, the correspondent of the daily Ajker Kagoj and currently in the process of becoming Jugantor’s correspondent.

The facts  :

Ten of the Talukder’s thugs kidnapped Morshed from his place of work on 9 August and took him before Talukder, who personally administered the beating, which was prompted by an article in the national daily Jugantor the previous day implicating him in a corruption scandal. The president and general secretary of the local press club were also beaten when they tried to intervene. Covered with bruises, Morshed was released during the night. Talukder denied using any violence when reached by phone. "I never beat him," he said to Reporters Without Borders. But his supporters have continued to threaten journalists in Baufal, parading outside the press club. Many terrified journalists have fled the city. The police did not intervene to protect the journalists. One police officer, Nur Muhammad, went to the home of several correspondents and threatened to bring false charges against them if they continued to protest about Talukder. In the past, he had assaulted Al-Mamun, local correspondent of daily Prothom Alo,Jidendranath Roy of Jugantor and Kamruzzaman Bachchu of Janakantha. He even had threatened to cut the hand of Kamruzzaman and other reporters if they would write against him.

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