Journalists will go on a nonstop sit-in on the National Press Club premises on Monday demanding the release of Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.
They will also hold a rally in front of the press club at 11 am on Saturday to protest the arrest of Mahmudur Rahman.
“We’ll hold a protest rally tomorrow (Saturday) and stage a sit-in on the National Press Club premises from Monday until the release of Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman,” Ruhul Amin Gazi, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), said.
He was addressing a rally jointly organised by BFUJ and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) in front of the press Club.
Addressing the rally, noted columnist Farhad Mazhar urged the government not to gag the media. “If you (govt) do it, the consequences won’t be good for you,” he warned.
He also said they will wage a tougher movement if Mahmudur Rahman is not released immediately, and demanded the withdrawal of ‘false’ cases filed against him.
Police arrested Mahmudur Rahman from his Karwanbazar office on charge of sedition on Thursday morning. Later, he was taken on a 13-day remand in three cases.
Later, police raided the press of the vernacular daily in the city’s Tejgaon area on Thursday night and sealed off it.
Source: UNB Connect