Journalist Rozina Islam booked for breach of Official Secrets Act

Sun Online Desk

18th May, 2021 01:26:14 AM printer

Journalist Rozina Islam booked for breach of Official Secrets Act

Daily Prothom Alo senior reporter Rozina Islam was taken to Shahbagh Police Station following a case filed by the health ministry Monday night for allegedly “taking photograph of some important official documents”.

After being confined to the room of PS to Health Division Secretary Lokman Hossain Miah, she was taken from the secretariat to Shahbagh Police Station around 8:30pm.

Dr Md Shibbir Ahmed Osmani, deputy secretary of the health division, filed the complaint with the Shahbagh Police Station in the night. A case was filed against Rozina Islam under the Official Secrets Act.

According to the case, Rozina Islam went to the room of PS Md Saiful Islam Bhuiyan in his absence. He was at the health secretary’s room. At one stage, Rozina allegedly took some official documents with her and captured picture of some other pages, the complainant said.

Police constable Mizanur Rahman followed incident and intervened. Later, additional secretary Kazi Zebunnessa Begum accompanied with other officials went to the spot. Zebunnesa Begum searched Rozina and recovered the documents. She also checked the mobile phone of the journalist and found pictures captured.

The complainant claimed that the documents taken and pictured by Rozina are highly sensitive and related to Covid-19 vaccine procurement deal with various countries. Disclosure of the content of the document may cast a negative impact on the vaccine purchasing negotiation, the complainant said.  

However, Rozina Islam rejected the claim. She allegedly went to the room for professional reason.

During hours of confinement, Rozina fell sick. The journalists of various newspapers and televisions tried to have a clarification of the health secretary who refused to make any comment. The professional colleagues also protested the incident.