Influential former minister sues six publications

first_imgNews BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Help by sharing this information February 26, 2021 Find out more RSF_en November 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Influential former minister sues six publications Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at former cabinet minister Mirza Abbas’s decision to sue six publications for libel. A total of 18 editors and journalists currently face the possibility of prison terms as a result of criminal libel suits. One of the defendants, Shahadat Chowdhury, has been dead for the past two years.“Bangladeshi politicians have a bad habit of suing privately-owned media that get too critical,” the press freedom organisation said. “These endless lawsuits expose journalists to the risk of being imprisoned for defamation, which violates international press freedom standards. We urge these politicians, especially Abbas, to withdraw their lawsuits in order to defuse tension between the press and political parties in the run-up to next January’s elections.”Abbas, a former minister of housing and public works and senior member of the BNP party, brought libel suits against four daily newspapers – Jugantor, Inqilab, Janakantha and Bhorer Kagoj – and two magazines – Weekly-2000 and Weekly Shirsha Kagoj – before a Dhaka criminal court on 9 November. Five separate suits were brought against just one of the newspapers, Jugantor. It named the editor, the newspaper’s lawyer, and a correspondent.The former minister’s lawyers gave the details of the lawsuits to judge Syed Mohammad Mojibul Haq. Everyone named in the suits has been summoned to appear before the court on 3 December. The judge has the power to issue arrest warrants.The suits claim that Abbas was libelled in articles about people who said they were the victims of abuse of authority (including land seizures and discriminatory hiring) by him or people close to him. When questioned by Reporters Without Borders, Weekly-2000 editor Golam Mourtuza described his magazine’s August article, one of those cited in the lawsuits, as “clear and honest” investigative reporting.Another of the journalists cited in the lawsuits said: “Our readers have a right to know the truth. I have no problem facing this suit. But each time we see that these lawsuits are being filed in order to harass us.” Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamal Dutt denied the claims made in Abbas’ suit. “The facts cited in our article are completely true. Mirza Abbas has the right to bring an action, but he ought to examine the articles more closely before going before a judge.”This year, Reporters Without Borders has registered a significant increase in the number of libel suits being brought against privately-owned media by BNP parliamentarians or ministers. Abbas already brought an action against the editors of the daily Prothom Alo in February. Another BNP parliamentarian, Abdul Mannan, sued Dainik Jugantor in May. His colleague Amzad Hossain Sarker brought a libel suit against four national dailies in January.center_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News to go further News Follow the news on Bangladesh May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Six months later, nothing known about Haitian journalist’s disappearance

first_imgLegagneur never came back after leaving home on 14 March to do a report in Grand-Ravine, a section of the southern district of Martissant that is one of the capital’s poorest and most violent neighbourhoods.His wife reported his disappearance two days later to the Judicial Police Central Directorate (DCPJ) and a complaint was filed with the Port-au-Prince prosecutor’s office. A few days after his disappearance, the police said they had found human remains in an unused lot near where he was seen for the last time.But, despite being pressed by his family and local journalists’ associations, the police never released the findings of the DNA tests conducted on these remains.Neither the DCPJ nor the judicial authorities have reported any progress in the investigation.  When questioned at a press conference on 31 August, a senior police officer even suggested that no investigation at all was being conducted. “If there is an investigation, it should be the person in charge who provides information,” he said.“It is unacceptable that, six months after Vladjimir Legagneur’s disappearance, neither the police nor the justice system is able to provide any new information about this case,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “This silence is a torture for his family. The Haitian authorities have a duty to find this photographer, determine why he disappeared and identify those responsible.”Aged 30, Legagneur worked for the newspaper Le Matin and the online news agency Loop Haïti before becoming a freelancer. As well as news stories, he used to cover social issues and work for NGOs prior to his disappearance.Haiti is ranked 60th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out more to go further RSF_en News HaïtiAmericas Protecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence News September 14, 2018 Six months later, nothing known about Haitian journalist’s disappearance October 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas Protecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence Organisation November 14, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Haitian authorities to come up with answers for the family and colleagues of Vladjimir Legagneur, a freelance photo-journalist who went missing exactly six months ago today in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The investigation into his disappearance has ground to a halt, if one exists at all. Follow the news on Haïti Receive email alerts Another journalist murdered in Haitilast_img read more

England’s Nations League preparations in chaos

first_img read also:Mourinho: Ferguson ‘urged’ me to sign Dele Alli during Man Utd era It has been claimed that England staff know who the players are that have contracted the deadly bug. But it has been stated that there is a growing belief that it is inevitable they will have to withdraw amid the Premier League Covid-19 outbreak. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?What Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made Loading… center_img England’s preparations for their Nations League double-header next month have plunged into chaos after three players tested positive for Covid-19. According to the Daily Mail, three members of Gareth Southgate’s side have tested positive for coronavirus in recent days. And they now face an anxious wait over whether they will have to withdraw from the squad ahead of the clashes against Iceland and Denmark. Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire has already been dropped by Southgate due to his antics in Mykonos.Advertisementlast_img read more