Daily Sangram loses declaration after war criminal made a ‘martyr’

Staff Correspondent

24 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

The government has cancelled the declaration of the Bengali-language Daily Sangram, the mouthpiece of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami for publishing a news terming “the Butcher of Mirpur,” executed for 1971 war crimes, as a “martyr.”

The Jamaat sided with the Pakistani army in 1971 and led militia groups which killed, raped and torched homes of Bengalis fighting for an independent Bangladesh. Its  top leadership were executed for war crimes, while one was serving a life term.

The Department of Films and Publications (DFP) withdrew the declaration of the daily as it “published a report on Dec 12 last year describing Jamaat-e-Islami leader and executed war criminal Abdul Quader Molla as ‘a martyr’,” a notification of the department said on Thursday.

From January 22, 2020, the declaration of newspaper was withdrawn from the media enlistment of government advertisement.  Earlier on December 15 last year, the authority started proceedings to cancel declaration of anti-liberation newspaper by sending a notice to Dhaka’s Deputy Commissioner (DC).

On December 14, police arrested Daily Sangram Editor Abul Asad in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for publishing the report terming a war criminal as “a martyr.”

Quader Molla, infamously known as “the butcher of Mirpur,” was executed on December 12, 2013 as the International Crimes Tribunal sentenced him to death, while later the Supreme Court upheld the verdict.