An Editor is Arrested April 13, 2013Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
Tags: Daily Amardesh, Mahmudur Rahman, press, press freedom
He entered into controversy by publishing ‘Skype conversation’ between a Chief judge of the War Crime Tribunal and a lawyer based in Belgium.Selective parts of the conversation was first published in ‘Economist’, the leading international weekly. Then it was published in detail in ‘Amardesh’The news stirred the legal and political circle and the judge in question resigned from his post.
Bangladesh Government didn’t take the matter easily and filed case against Mahmudur Rahman in December 2012. Mahmudur Rahman took shelter in his newspaper office scaring the security of his life.
Amardesh then published stories of bloggers who insulted Islam and Prophet (sm). The report agitated the sentiments of religious Muslims of the country and the debate started about spirit of the Shahbag movement.
Police raided Amardesh office and arrested Mahmudur Rahman at 9 AM while he was in breakfast on 12/4/2013. He was produced to the court, accused on 3 grounds-one on skype conversation, the other 2 are criminal charges on burning vehicles and assaulting police. Bail was denied and he was put to jail and police was granted 13 days remand.
Police also locked the Amardesh press and the workers and journalists had to leave the press.
People, journalists, lawyers and opposition politicians expressed their concern.
New emerging religious force ‘Hefajat-e-Islam’ threats of further agitation on the issue.
An ordinary citizen