Bangladesh: media editors, reporters accused under draconian law for covering irregularities on relief distributionEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 18, 2020
- Event Description
A case was filed against two editors and two reporters under Digital Security Act for allegedly publishing news on misappropriation of government rice.
The accused were editor-in-Chief of bdnews24.com Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Jagonews24.com acting editor Mohiuddin Sarker and two local correspondents-- Shawon Amin and Rahim Shuvo, Baliadangi Upazila unit Sechhasebak League president Mominul Islam Bashani lodged the case with Baliadangi Police Station on Saturday night.
Habibul Haque Prodhan, officer-in-charge of the police station, confirmed the matter.
According to the case, local administration seized 68 sacks of rice meant for sale to the poor at Tk 10 per kilogram in Palashbari union parishad.
Upazila Food Controller Nikhil Chandra Barman filed a case with the police station in this connection on April 9.
Mominul in the case stated that accused Shawon Amin and Rahim Shuvo uploaded two posts on Facebook mentioning him as �rice thief�.
�Later, two reports were also published in bdnews24.com and Jagonews24.com involving me and my brother Aminul Islam Amin, chairman of Palashbari UP which tarnished his and the party�s reputation,� he added. Baliadangi Police Station OC Habibul Haque said the case was filed under Digital Security Act and they will investigate the matter.
- Impact of Event
- Gender of HRD
- Intimidation and Threats
- Judicial Harassment
- Rights Concerned
- Media freedom
- Right to food
- Right to information
- Media Worker
- Monitoring Status
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 18 April 2020, Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Mohiuddin Sarker, Shawon Amin and Rahim Shuvo, media editors, reporters were accused by a local politician under draconian law for covering irregularities on COVI-19-related relief distribution in Baliadangi Upazila, Bangladesh.