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2016 repressive for Bangladesh press freedom: ARTICLE 19

Marking 2016 a repressive year for press freedom in Bangladesh, a London-based watchdog said at least 320 violations, including murders, abductions and threats against journalists, took place within that period. The violations, including three murders, against 141 journalists, three online activists and three officials of a publishing house, were carried out throughout the year, ARTICLE […]

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. — Focusbangla file photo Renewing her government’s ‘zero tolerance’ against extremism and terrorism, prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said these menaces would be eliminated from the country at any cost. ‘We’ll root out extremism and terrorism from Bangladesh to ensure peace and security in public life,’ she said. The prime […]

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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has said time has come for the ruling Awami League leaders to flee the country as they are out to make money by plundering national resources. The former prime minister said this on Tuesday night in a reference to the AL general secretary Obaidul Quader’s recent remarks that cautioned the AL […]

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At least 15 people have been injured in Jhenaidah in a clash between two BNP factions during the party’s district unit’s meeting. The incident occurred at the town’s Municipal Community Centre in the presence of Advisor to the BNP Chairperson and former Feni MP Jainal Abedin alias VP Jainal on Wednesday. The injured have been […]

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As a commu-nication for development professional, I have always had an interest in press freedom and freedom of expression. While surfing the internet recently, I made an amazing discovery: the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) in its website boasted to have documented the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. This courageous […]

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Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday rejected a decision by the UN’s rights council to investigate allegations of crimes by Myanmar’s security forces against minority Rohingya Muslims. The UN body agreed in March to dispatch a fact-finding mission to the Southeast Asian country over claims of murder, rape and torture in Rakhine state. “We do […]

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The Bangladesh government has not only failed to protect dissenting voices or hold accountable the armed groups that threaten them, it has also stifled freedom of expression through a slew of repressive tactics and new laws, said an Amnesty International report yesterday. The report styled “Caught between fear and repression: Attacks on freedom of expression […]

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Global research reveals $75b fly out of Bangladesh in a decade Bangladesh has lost between $6 billion and $9 billion to illicit money outflows in 2014, according to a Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report. The Washington-based research and advisory organisation on Monday released the report based on a research on 150 countries. Bangladesh lost $75 […]

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Police in Chittagong have seized a substantial amount of contraband cough syrup Phensedyl in a raid at the city’s Barisal Colony, known to be a haven for narcotics. Over a hundred personnel of Chittagong Metropolitan Police took part in the raid, which began around 4am on Wednesday, said Additional Deputy Commissioner Shah Md Abdur Rauf. […]

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Mayor Miru (left) and journalist Shimul (right) Charges have been filed by police against Shahjadpur Municipality Mayor Halimul Haque Miru and 37 others for the murder of Daily Samakal correspondent Abdul Hakim Shimul. Journalist Shimul, the Shahzadpur upazila correspondent of the daily Samakal, received a bullet during a factional clash of ruling Awami League on […]

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