Bangladesh: __�Amar Desh___ acting editor arrested and detainedEvent
- Initial Date
- Apr 11, 2013
- Event Description
On 11 April 2013, Mahmudur Rahman - acting editor of influential pro-opposition "Amar Desh' newspaper, was arrested at his newspaper office. Bangladeshi authorities raided Mr. Mahmudur Rahman's office and took him away. Mr. Rahman was not informed of the reasons for the raid or his subsequent arrest, nor had the Ministry of Home Affairs informed him of any specific charges held against him, as required by law. On April 12, 2013, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court remanded Mr. Rahman into police custody for 13 days. At the end of 2012, Mr. Rahman had collected the records of a Skype conversation between former International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) Chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq and a source located abroad, and had published the transcript of the conversation - in which the judge shared details about the ICT case and asked for advice - thereby raising doubts on the impartiality of the tribunal. Following the eruption of the "Skype scandal" on 9 December 2012, Judge Huq had to resign on 11 December 2012. Charges were brought against Mr. Rahman for sedition and unlawful publication of the conversation between the ICT judge and an external consultant, under sections 56 and 57 of Cyber Crime and ICT Act-2006 and sections 120(b), 124, 124(a), 505(a) and 511 of the Penal Code. This is not the first time Mr. Rahman has been intimidated for peacefully exercising his right to free speech as well as his professional freedom as a journalist in Bangladesh. The latter had previously been arrested, ill-treated and unjustly convicted in relation to his human rights activities Mahmudur Rahman, who served as a deputy minister for energy in the cabinet led by opposition BNP leader Khaleda Zia between 2001 and 2006, bought Amar Desh in 2008. He became its acting editor and made it an opposition mouthpiece. Amid rising political tensions, strikes and deadly protests, the circulation of Amar Desh has increased six-fold in recent months to more than 200,000 daily and it is now one of the most visited Bangladeshi news websites.
- Impact of Event
- (Arbitrary) Arrest and Detention
- Arrest and detention ~
- Event Location
- Summary for Publications
On 11 April 2013, Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of pro-opposition __�Amar Desh' newspaper, was arrested. Charges were brought against Mr. Rahman for sedition and unlawful publication of a conversation between an International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) judge and an external consultant, under sections 56 and 57 of Cyber Crime and ICT Act-2006 and sections 120(b), 124, 124(a), 505(a) and 511 of the Penal Code. Mr. Mahmudur Rahman has previously been arrested, ill-treated and convicted in relation to his human rights activities.