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‘Withdraw defamation cases against journos’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 23 September, 2022 12:00 AM
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Journalist leaders on Thursday demanded withdrawal of defamation cases against newsmen, urging the government to repeal all laws introduced to obstruct freedom of press. 

They made the demands while addressing a human chain organised by Bangladesh Parliament Journalists’ Association (BPJA) in front of Dhaka Reporters’ Unity (DRU) office in protest at the defamation case against Senior Reporter of Dainik Desh Rupantor Pavel Haider Chowdhury, also a member of the BPJA.

Addressing the programme, BPJA President Harun Al Rashid said, “Many journalists like Pavel Haider Chowdhury have been sued and persecuted under the Digital Security Act. Law minister and information minister said journalists will not be arrested under this law. Inserting provision of arresting journalists in the law, they are telling not to arrest. It is duplicitous.”

Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) President Sohel Haider Chowdhury, General Secretary Aktar Hossain, DRU President Nazrul Islam Mithu, General Secretary Nurul Islam Hasib, BPJA General Secretary Nafiza Doula, Vice-President Moshiur Rahman Khan, Joint Secretary Kazi Sajidul Haque, former president Uttam Chakraborty, former general secretary Kamran Reza Chowdhury, former joint editor Nikhil Bhadra, among others, spoke in the programme chaired by Harun Al Rashid and anchored by BPJA executive committee member Ajmal Haque Helal.

Mentionable, Chhatra League Office Secretary Indranil Deb Sharma filed a case in Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate Shahidul Islam’s court against the journalist on September 20 for his report headlined ‘Chhatra League’s Post in One Crore Taka’ published in the online and print versions of Dainik Desh Rupantor on July 6.