Month: February 2020

Workshop Held over Ensuring Safety for Journalists

A day-long training workshop was held today over ensuring physical safety, digital security and managing the high-risk environment for journalists. The training session titled ”Defending freedom of expression and ensuring safety and security of Journalists” was organized by VOICE, a rights-based organization at the Zilla Parishad Auditorium in Jamalpur. Speakers at the program expressed serious…

Bangladesh: New Arrests Stifle Free Speech Publisher, Singer Charged Under Digital Security Act

Authorities should drop charges and immediately release from custody leading Bangladesh publisher Nur Mohammad and Sufi singer Shariat Sarker, Human Rights Watch said today. Both appear to be detained for having criticized the ruling party, and religious leaders, respectively. The authorities should end all arbitrary arrests and a crackdown on freedom of expression under the draconian Digital Security…

Amnesty International urges govt to release Shariyat Boyati

It also urges amending the Digital Security Act promptly The human rights organization Amnesty International (AI) has urged the government to release folk singer Shariyat Sarkar alias Shariyat Boyati, who is under arrest on charges of hurting religious sentiments. On Friday, Amnesty International issued an Urgent Action for the folk singer, who has been sued…

Leading Bangladesh publisher charged under internet law

DHAKA: A leading Bangladesh publisher has been charged under controversial digital security laws for associating with someone suspected of spreading fake news about the prime minister and her son, an official said. Nur Mohammad, the owner of Guardian Publications, was arrested by police at his office in the capital on Monday, the company’s deputy managing…