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FExB/মুক্ত প্রাকাশ on 30 Days Audit of Media in Lockdown Dhaka, 27 April 2020

The government imposed a countrywide lockdown from 26 March 2020 and extended for the third consecutive period until 05 May 2020 for containment of the outbreak of the coronavirus. Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh (FExB) or মুক্ত প্রাকাশ(in Bangla), a network of media rights defenders has expressed deep anguish and grave concern over the…

Dhaka Tribune journalist latest victim of custodial torture, abuse of power

The mobile court said they had recovered drugs and alcohol from the journalist’s residence, which his family termed absurd A mobile court in the dead of night jailed Dhaka Tribune journalist Ariful Islam for a year, after law enforcement members led by magistrates picked him up from his home in Kurigram. Ariful, Kurigram district correspondent…

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…

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…