Archive for June, 2010

By Jahangir Alam Akash, Every year whole over the world are celebrating the International women day on 8 March. This year 2010 was the 100 year of the International day for women. But, still women have been facing great challenge in most of the countries of the world. Many countries of the world have no actual human rights. And the women rights can’t imagine there. Women rights are the human rights.
Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable country in the world where there women are passing in very danger situation. Indeed in Bangladesh have gotten two great women leaders Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia who have been governing Bangladesh since 1991. Presently Sheikh Hasina has governing Bangladesh as a Prime Minister. And Begum Zia was a former Prime Minister of Bangladesh. But, yet the women are crying for their rights and security. Though, every day many women’s have been torturing, killings. Violence against women is a common picture in Bangladesh.
Many women in Bangladesh suffer from rape, gang rape, murder, torture and acid throwing. The position of women in Bangladesh is vulnerable. Even though Bangladesh has an elected government, the difficulties facing women haven’t ended. Violence against women is a common feature in Bangladesh, and women face various problems under the system of repression.
The main types of the oppression of women include dowry, trafficking, kidnapping, rape, physical torture and acid throwing. Almost every day, women are victimized by these acts of violence and repression. And domestic violence at the hands of husbands is a very routine practice in Bangladesh.
According to a survey conducted by the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, at least 937 women were killed during the period from January to October in 2009. Prominent human rights leader and BMP president, Ayesha Khanam, said that although an elected government is now in power and there are conscious people in the ministry and in parliament, women continue to face violence. (Source: The Daily Star, 12/7/2009)
There is one example of a sensationalistic gang rape case. On September 25, 2009 an adolescent was gang raped following her abduction by ten Bangladesh Chhatra League activists while she was returning from a Puja Mandap in the Kolapar subdistrict of the Patuakhali district. Also, on November 8, 2009 one Bir Bengal attempted to rape a woman, Jamnua Chakma, age 21, in the Ghilachari army camp in the Naniachar subdistrict of Rangamati. She is wife of Shyamal Kanti Chakma.
In Bangladesh, there are many laws for the protection of women, yet the oppression of women hasn’t lessened. It is hard to imagine that it will be stopped in the near future. What is causing this situation? It is because there is no rule of law and no good governance. Impunity and corruption are very common in Bangladesh, and illegal political interference on behalf of criminals is another reason that women’s persecution continues.
Bangladesh has many laws for the protection of women. For example, the Suppression of Immoral Traffic Act 1933, the Family Court Ordinance, the Cruelty to Women (Deterrent Punishment) Ordinance, the Trafficking in Women and Children Act 1993, the Dowry Prohibition Act, the Prevention of Women and Child Repression Act (2000), etc.
The problem is that every case of oppression of women involves the police, witnesses, lawyers, magistrates or judges, and often doctors. If all the parties involved perform their professional and moral obligation, then the perpetrator will be punished. But, with some exceptions, most of the parties are involved in corruption or are irresponsible. Political pressuring can also hamper the investigation of cases involve women’s repression. Sometimes, to protect themselves, witnesses in the cases will not give truthful statements to the court.
The Bangladesh Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is a Bangladesh Awami League government-supported human rights organization. According to this organization, during the first six months of this year, 1,479 women were raped. The Minister for Home Affairs Sahara Khatun shared this figure with the national assembly.
According to a monitoring cell at the police headquarters, from January to October 2009, at least 3,413 women were tortured over dowry, 83 women fall victim to torture, 2,336 were abducted, 2,476 were raped, 36 were killed after rape, 33 were injured after rape, and 117 women were killed.
In Bangladesh have no equal rights in practice for women. The women have facing difficulties by various ways. Especially the working women are facing these difficulties like discrimination of wages. According to the daily Star (8-3-2010), Acid Survivors Foundation (ASF) Executive Director Monira Rahman said, in the last 100 years the world achieved a lot, but it is a matter of regret that violence against women, especially in countries such as Bangladesh, is still widespread. Referring to a WHO study in 2005, she said 57.5 percent of women in Bangladesh are sexually and physically tortured. In reality, the rate is much higher, she said. Monira told, there were 490 incidents of acid throwing in 2002.
Still three accused rapist and provocateurs to death of sensational mass raped and killing case of Mohima. We are hearing from abroad that the family members of Simee have been facing insecurity still. And after happening women persecution our NGO’s starting their activity. But, after some days they turned to back. Then the real problem has starting for a victim family.
We can give an example on Rajufa and Sheulee rape cases. After raped to Sheulee the rapist was murdered to the father of rape victim. And they were started false cases against the relatives of Sheulee. But, no body comes to help of this helpless and oppressed family. In the same situation has going on Rajufa’s family. The Indigenous, Christian and the Hindu women have been insecure more than Muslim women. Many NGO have been working for the rights of women. But, they have no coordination. They have been working for the women rights as for the problem of cover. Never have they wanted to go inside or the root cause of a problem.
In order to prevent violence against women, it is necessary to practice the rule of law, carry out proper and competent investigations, should reduce poverty and all kinds of discrimination (man and women) and implement existing laws protecting women. At the same time, it is necessary to ensure the security of witnesses and victims, and corruption must be fought against during the time from when the case is filed until the trial is finished. And political pressuring must be stopped. To prevent women’s oppression, men must first come forward. The question remains: is the Bangladesh government ready to tackle any and all kinds of violence against women?
The present government has passed one year already. But, they didn’t take any step for the rights of women. Even the women development policy of 1997 hasn’t reinstead. We want to see that, Bangladesh government should take positive step for the empowerment and for the rights of women immediately.


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Bangladesh is a country where there is no right to life!

By Jahangir Alam Akash, Bangladesh is a country where there is no right to life. Rather, exercising the death penalty and extra judicial killings violates the right, which is common practice. Every year many peoples are handed the death penalty and many more die due to extra judicial killings. There are no statistics on the number of people killed since Bangladesh attained independence.

The death penalty is a kind of killing. Recently, five persons were handed the death penalty in a day. On January 28, 2010 the decision was made by the Bangladesh Supreme Court to execute the self-declared killers of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding leader of Bangladesh. However, questions have risen on the execution procedure.

Here are some statistics on extra judicial killings in Bangladesh, specifically for human rights organization and bodies working on national and international levels, for human rights.

Extra judicial killings since 2004 have resulted in at least 1,700 deaths. Fifty-eight people were killed during “Operation Clean Heart” led by the army, in 2002. The mutiny by the Bangladesh Rifles regiment in February 2009 resulted in the deaths of 74 people including 57 meritorious army officers.

According to the daily Bhorer Kagoj, after the mutiny at least 71 BDR mutineers died in police custody. It is alleged that most were tortured before death.

The death penalty is extremely inhuman, degrading and cruel. The constitution and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights prohibit it, but Bangladesh continues to exercise it.

According to the book “The death penalty,” most executions in 2008 were carried out in Asia. Eleven Asian nations – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Singapore, and Vietnam – still continue to practice the death penalty.

China alone accounted for at least 1,718 executions although the figure is believed to be much higher, as statistics on death sentences and executions are not publicly disclosed and are considered state secrets.

The Middle East and North Africa were second highest with 508 executions. In Iran, stoning and hanging are among the most cruel and inhumane methods used for carrying out death sentences and least 346 people have been executed including eight juvenile offenders. In Saudi Arabia, where beheadings in public is common practice, at least 102 people have been executed.

In the Americas, 37 executions were carried out in 2008, most in the state of Texas. The release of four men from death row in the United States on grounds of innocence brings the total to more than 120 released since 1975. The only other country in the Americas to carry out the death penalty in 2008 was St Kitts and Nevis, the first Caribbean state to carry out an execution since 2003.

According to Amnesty International, 93 percent of the world death penalty took place in China including other four countries.

DW-Bengali’s online section wrote on Feb. 25 that the European Union published a declaration on anti-death penalty. Europe is the first region, which there is no death penalty. The United States, China, Africa and some Asian countries contradicted a EU proposal on anti-death penalty presented to the Human Rights Commission in Geneva and the general assembly of the United Nations in 1998. However, in 2007, the proposal was finally passed by the U.N. general assembly.

Fifty-eight percent of people in China support the death penalty. That said 93 countries have already abolished the death penalty by making it law. Unfortunately, some 141 countries still practice the death penalty.

Historically, Italy has a strong background on the anti-death penalty movement. We must salute Italy as well as other EU states for their dedicated efforts to preserve the right to life and other human rights.

Bangladesh should obey the national and international treaties and human rights declarations and abolish the death penalty immediately, if they believe, even a bit, that life and rights are valuable.

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Scientist Arun Basak, a victim of harassment and mental torture

By Jahangir Alam Akash, An eminent patriot and internationally renowned celebrated scientist Dr. Arun Kumar Basak is being subjected to harassment and mental torture, perpetrated by a government establishment. This makes it difficult for him to devote himself to study and research. He and the other members of his family are passing their days in a state of deep insecurity. Dr. Basak was honored with the highly prestigious Bangladesh Academy of Sciences Gold medal in 2006 for his outstanding contributions in the field of Physical Sciences.
Rubi Villa is a name of an old house. Professor Amiretus of Rajshahi University Arun Basak is the owner of this house. It’s situated of the middle of Rajshahi city near Boalia police station.
Dr Arun Basak, a retired professor of Physics of the University of Rajshahi, has been subjected to cynical harassment and mental torture, inflicted by the Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) in league with a powerful vested interest of the locality. Appealing against this overbalance, Mrs. Devika Basak, wife of Professor Basak has made a written prayer on 24 January of 2007 to the Honorable President of the Peoples’ Republic of Bangladesh.
Professor Basak bought an old dilapidated house in the Sagarpara area of the city for residential purposes and registered it in the name of his wife in 1985. He renovated the house with minor adjustments to settle there. The roofed staircase was reconstructed with no new house-construction or wall. The RDA served a show cause notice on Mrs Basak on 10 January, 1987, charging her with the offence of unauthorized house-building without a prior permission from their office. Mrs. Basak sent a reply to the notice on 15 January of that year. In it she explained that the staircase was built only with cooperation, counseling and goodwill of the neighbors. There was no objection from any of the neighbors. In reply to the notice, Mrs Basak also submitted that they did not have any prior knowledge that the renovation of a staircase matching an old house required a formal approval of the RDA, and hence she prayed for a formal sanction of the work which had been done in a good faith. In addition, she pledged that she would be obliged to pull down the reconstructed staircase if in the future that becomes a necessity in the interest of the RDA. In response to the submission of Mrs Devika Basak, the report observes, the Authorized Officer of RDA after a long silence of six years informed her in a letter of 29 October, 1993 that the charge leveled against her had been provisionally withdrawn, and in consequence of that the Basak family settled down in that house without any further trouble.
But, as stated in the aforesaid petition to the Honorable President, a new crisis developed for them in 2003, when an additional construction was started on the southern side of their house by their adjacent neighbor showing total disregard for the rules of house-building in an urban locality. This erection came within a mere 9 (nine) inch distance from the residential room of the very old house, that Professor Basak had bought for this wife and since been living in with his other members of his family, by the scheming neighbor Mr. I. Y. Ferdous. The overbearing Mr Ferdous left even no cornice gap at the roof-top. The mandatory restriction of a gap of at least 4 (four) feet from the boundary imposed by the RDA was blatantly flouted by Mr. Ferdous. Mrs Basak entreated with Mr. Ferdous to desist from the unlawful and heinous act. But Mr. Ferdous not only threw aside but also threatened highly respected Dr. Basak with a dire consequence in case the Basak family dared to interfere with the evil designs of Ferdous. The matter was brought to the notice of the local ward Commissioner, Mr. Abdul Hamid Sarkar Tekon. But he took no corrective measure even after his high promise to the Basak family. Once the said Ferdous had completed the construction of the second floor of his venture, some BNP leaders of the then ruling party intervened and endorsed a formal complain regarding the matter to the RDA authority.
The RDA authority, after serving two consecutive notices on both Ferdous and Devika Basak, started putting pressure on Dr. Basak to agree to a compromise with Ferdous even while he was executing uninterrupted his ulterior design. Scientist Basak told the investing team of the TFT that two buildings almost locked side by side and stops cross ventilation of air leading ultimately to the development of a hazardous level of radioactive radon gas naturally emanated from the concrete materials, which is one of the principal causes of lung-cancer. This house-related disturbance and thrust on him through the machinations of his recalcitrant neighbor are destroying his peace of mind and he can no longer adequately concentrate on his research works, he lamented.
The RDA authority constituted an inquiry committee formed with the ward commissioner Abdul Hamid Sarkar Tekon (who failed to stop Ferdous from his heinous designs at the beginning of the illegal construction on 9 March, 2006 to look specifically into the matter. But the report of the committee has not yet seen the light of the day. And Mr. Ferdous is an influential who is close with the Mayor of Rajshahi city AHM Khairuzzaman Liton.
Professor Arun Basak told, we are under big trable. Our nighbour has built a new building violating the rule of RDA and occupied our land. But, both of two buildings have no gaped. So, our building now is not able to use. We went to many places for solve this problem. But, we were failed. We went to local ward commissioner and to the authority of RDA. But, oppressing has started on us. It is unfortunate that RDA was given us notice as we are guilty. By that way they wanted to minimize to this problem. My wife was wrote an application to the President in the regime of caretaker government. After then RDA has try to compromise. In the mean time, the opponent was filed an injunction case in the Judge court. On the other hand, opponent made a false allegation against us to the Waqfo estate that we were occupied their three feet land. From Waqfo we were received a notice. We answered to them by our lawyer. Then a measurement was completed by the ADC revenue. By that measurement it was proved that the complainant was occupied our land. Still haven’t taken any action against him (nighbour and opponent). Still a case has been running in the court. We are living in very helpless now. Still,  we haven’t got any solution. From local administration or any administration we haven’t got any help. Day after day have rescheduled date in the court. We have no child. My wife living in this house alone with very helpless when I was in university. In the regime of BNP I was threatened. Then my wife told me that don’t take any action on threatened. Because, they are very powerful they would be killed me. For our life security we didn’t go to the administration. But, local people were submitted an application to the RDA on behave of us. But RDA turned upside down against us. They had started oppression on us. We were built a stair before 24 years. On that stair RDA was given us a notice. They said that this stair was illegally built. After giving that notice RDA was pressured to us to compromise with opponent. But, we weren’t agreed with them. After then RDA authority was angry with us. We haven’t got any help from former Mayor of Rajshahi. Even from present local administration we haven’t getting any help.
Devika Basak wife of Arun Basak told, we are in heavy danger. We are in very unpeace situation with this house. Our nighouber was made a two floor building without any gap of our building. We were in round to door to door. But, nobody wasn’t helped us. Even I went to the local ward commissioner in several times. But, he hasn’t helped us.

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Militant Islamism is a great threat to global peace

By Jahangir Alam Akash, Militant Islamism is a great threat to global peace. Most Asian countries are fertile ground for such militants. People’s happiness has been sabotaged by militant Islamists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Militant Islamists are also very strong in Bangladesh, they attacked the Twin Towers in the United States, and, more recently, Al-Qaida has been threatening Germany as well. So, militant Islamism is now a global threat and problem.

In Bangladesh, most of the political parties are using religion for political purposes. Almost the whole system in Bangladesh has fallen victim to the burning problems of criminalization, Islamization, corruption, a lack of accountability and responsibility, and a disabled democracy. And Bangladesh has other major problems, such as widespread poverty, natural disasters, climate change, a bad education system, no good planning, and no rule of law.

War criminals, the Jamaat party and militant Islamists in Bangladesh are similar to one another. These three groups are very dangerous for secularism, yet they are still quite active in Bangladesh. You can find dishonesty, immorality, irresponsibility and corruption everywhere in Bangladesh.

The militant Islamist groups are still very active and organized in the country. They have been running arms and explosives training camps. Members of state forces, who are also militant Islamists, are killing and covering up their killings, reporting them as “crossfires”, “encounters” or “gunfights”. And yet, the administration hasn’t taken up these extrajudicial killings with the militant Islamists. So now, a big question in the mind of the public is whether or not the administration is friendly with the militant Islamists. The government has yet to try in court those accused in these incidents. The funding sources of the militants still remain hidden.

On Sept. 25, 2009, a militant training center was seized by law enforcers from Khagrachhari. Law enforcers arrested Abdur Rahim alias Saifullah, second-in-command of the Chittagong division of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen (JMB), and seized powdered explosives, 14 grenade casings, 20 detonators, 49 books on jihad, 27 batteries and around 1 kg. of barbed wire. Later, on Sept. 27, law enforcers arrested four JMB cadres – Delwar Hossain alias Sajib, age 32, and Yunus Ali alias Yunus, age 20, at Shantipur of Matiranga; Delwar Hossain Dulal, age 23, in Gazipur; and Monir alias Ripon, age 25, in Comilla.

Government sources said that Moulana Saidur Rahman’s son Bashar plays a key role in running the organization. Seven members of the Shura, the highest policymaking body of the JMB, are Shiblu alias Shishir, Sohel Mahfuz of Kushtia, Mehedi alias Abir of Barguna, Nazmul alias Bhagne Shahid of Natore, Osman alias Shahid of Comilla, Sayeem of Dhaka and Mahmud alias Asad of Panchagarh.

Of them, Shishir is in charge of the military wing, Sohel Mahfuz of the Dawat (invitation) Department, Mehedi of the southern districts, Nazmul of the northern region, Osman of the Chittagong division and Sayeem of the IT wing. The duties assigned to Mahmud are not yet known. Mostafiz alias Siddique of Gazipur has been working as an advisor for the banned outfit. An unnamed government source has said, “The network of the militant Islamists and their organizational activities are still very strong in Bangladesh.”

According to research, around 125 militant Islamist organizations are active in Bangladesh. But the government has banned only five of these organization, to date. The life of the present prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, is under threat by the militants. She is the main target of militant Islamists, sources said.
We believe that if Bangladesh’s government wants to combat militant Islamism, they it should ban the Madrasa (Islamic) system of education. At the same time, it would be necessary to start a one way, combined scientific system of education, to reduce all kinds of discrimination and poverty. Also, there should be an immediate trial for war criminals. We also demand that the influence of religion upon government politics should be banned at once.

We see that some riches country are intervening inside of the government and economy on poor country especially in the third world country.  In this way is hampering the democracy and sovereignty of the poorest country.

We believe militancy is  growing from gross poverty, discrimination, educationless. So, if we want to combat the militancy then should reduce the poverty, discrimination and should need an one way secular education for all.

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The High Court on 8 June, 2010 issued a Rule Nisi on the Government in two petitions, to show cause why certain provisions of the BCS Rules and the JSC Rules should not be declared to be unconstitutional, to the extent that they are inconsistent with the fundamental rights of persons with disabilities to equality, equality of opportunity and the right to a profession. It also directed the respondents to show cause why they would not be directed to apply their discretionary powers and to perform their duties, as prescribed by law, to identify cadre posts within the Bangladesh Civil Service and the Judicial Service as appropriate for citizens with disabilities as well as to ensure the hiring of citizens with disabilities for these posts.

Dr. Kamal Hossain for the petitioners argud that the BCS Rules required urgent review in the current situation, having been promulgated within a few months of martial law being declared in 1982, and being wholly inappropriate for a democratic society. He pointed to rules which bar individuals based on height, weight, visual capacity and hearing ability, from eligibility for the services, as being wholly irrational and arbitrary.

The Rule has been made returnable within four weeks. A Division Bench comprising Justice Momtazuddin Ahmed and Justice Naima Haider issued the Rule. Dr, Kamal Hossain appeared for the petitioners, with Ms Sara Hossain, Mr. Khondoker Shahriar Shakir and Mr. Kazi Zahed Iqbal. The Attorney General Mr Mahbubey Alam appeared for the Government with Mr Mostafa Zaman Islam and Pratikar Chakma, DAGs.

BACKGROUND: On 18 April, 2010, a coalition of disability rights activists and advocates acting in the public interest filed two petitions, respectively challenging Schedule III of the Judicial Service Commission and the Public Service Commission which bar persons with disabilities from being eligible for employment in judicial or public service.  The petitioners argued that such institutionalized discrimination violates fundamental rights, particularly the rights to equal opportunities to public employment and to freedom of profession, and that the failure of the government to make any accommodation for employment of such persons amounts to non-compliance with duties under the Disabled Persons’ Welfare Act 2001.

On 25 April, 2010 the High Court had directed the President and Secretary of the National Disability Welfare Committee to submit a report within thirty days on the steps taken to date implement their obligations under Section 6(2) and Schedule ‘Cha’ of the Disability Welfare Act, 2001. The Hon’ble Court observed that it would take steps for effective disposal of the matter. The Committee submitted its report yesterday to Court but did not refer to any steps taken to date to identify opportunities for employment of persons with disabilities. The Judicial Service Commission earlier also filed an affidavit with the Court in which it claimed that persons with visual disabilities were not able to serve as judges, and further submitted that the JSC Rules could not be amended without prior approval of the Appellate Division.

The petitioners were Adv. Shapan Chowkidar, a lawyer with visual disabilities, who had been denied the opportunity for admission to examinations for the JSC and PSC, and four human rights and disability rights groups, namely Action for Disability and Development, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), and the National Council of Disabled Women (NCDW).

Report: Barrister Sara Hossain,  Dr. Kamal Hossain and Associates (A famous law firm of Bangladesh).

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The Human Rights Today Report: The freedom of press and speech of Bangladesh are taking to a dark place by the government. One after another media has been shutting down. Specially those media owners are from the opposition this are banned gradually by the government. The Awami League led Grand Alliance government has canceled the declaration of a national Bengali daily. On 1 June, 2010 they have canceled declaration of the daily Amar Desh. Amar Desh. After this decision police has arrested the acting editor of this newspaper Mahmudur Rahman. He was arrested from his office at around 4.00am on 2 June, 2010.After his arrest police have been field a case against the all journalists and workers of Amar Desh. According to the Sheersha News, at least 400 journalists and workers have been working with the daily Amar Desh . The charge against the journalists and workers are assault on police officials and obstruction of duty.

The Amar Desh authority told that, ‘One of the government intelligence agency National Security Intelligence (NSI) picked up Mr Alhaj Md. Hasmat Ali, the publisher of the newspaper and made him sign complaints to the police and Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka claiming that his name as publisher as being illegally used by the present owner of the company Amar Desh Publications Ltd., that he is not in anyway responsible for the reports and comments criticizing the government and ruling party leaders. We understand that in the complaints he has asked the police and the Deputy Commissioner to take action against the acting Editor of the Daily Amar Desh, Mahmudur Rahman and present owner of the company. Later NSI forced Mr. Hasmot Ali to file a cheating case (under CRPC 420) and at night DC canceled the declaration of Amar Desh and government sent police to sealed Amar Desh press and arrest Amar Desh Editor.
Earlier NSI interrogated Hasmot Ali but the allegations against Amar Desh editor are factually incorrect. The reality is that as soon Mr Hasmat Ali and his fellow directors of Amar Desh Publications Ltd. lawfully transferred the ownership and shares of the company to the present directors in September, 2008. The new directors had formally applied to the Deputy Commissioner of Dhaka to change the publisher name in favour of Mahmudur Rahman according to the company board decision. It is the Deputy Commissioner hence the government which has not yet formally made the change in the declaration of authentication. The fact is that change in ownership of the company with Mr Mahmudur Rahman as chairman and managing director has been communicated to all relevant authorities and the transfer of the controlling shares has been duly registered with register of Joint Stock Companies. So neither Mr. Hasmat Ali or any government officials or agencies has any ground to accuse the Amar Desh of illegally using Mr. Hasmat Ali’s name.
It may be noted here that at no stage since last about one and half years the Deputy Commissioners office or the Information Ministry or the DFP, with whom we have raised any question about the legality of publication of the newspaper. More specifically the Deputy Commissioner has at no stage till now informed the present owners of Amar Desh Publication company that he can’t or will not allow a change in the name of publisher.
Therefore, what has happened today is a blatant attempt by the government to stop or at least temporary obstrain the publication of Amar Desh by force. It may be mentioned that a adviser to the Prime Minister and leaders of the ruling party have so far filed as many as 32 cases of deformation against Mr. Mahmudur Rahman and concern reporters of this daily. These cases also include Mr Hasmat Ali as an accused.’

Here mention that, before the closing of Amar Desh the government has been banned a strong social media Face book in Bangladesh. In March, 2009 the You Tube had banned by the same government. Another TV station Channel 1 also shut down by the government. Before it the government has stopped the test broadcasting of another private TV channel Jamuna.Now a question arise there which media would shut down for the next?

On the other hand, at least five journalists have been killed (including Fothe Osmani and S I Mithu) in the regime of present government. Many other have been persecuted (one of them is F M Masum). Journalist Masum was oppressed by the so-called elite force RAB in his house.
Awami League (AL), BNP doesn’t matter, but interfere on the press freedom and journalism job is really matter. If someone has guilty he or she should punished. For the pain you can’t cut your head. But unfortunately it has been going on in Bangadesh under so-called democratic-secular or under communal government (present and past). This is the destiny of our Media. When AL has doing bad then AL supported journalists take a cloth in their mouth. On the other hand when BNP-Jammat has done a lot of bad activity on the press then BNP-Jammat supporters journalists were in blind. So where can go the real objective and professional journalism?

We think the government of Bangladesh hasn’t believe in press freedom and freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech and press how could we say that there is a democratic government? We want to say, if someone has any guilty then he or she must be punished. But without comprising any competent investigation how the government could canceled the declaration of a newspaper?

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