Sagar-Runi murder: Journalists staged token hunger strike; Slam High Court rule

By Nazmus Saquib

Journalists came down hard on the court while addressing a token hunger strike in the capital’s National Press Club premises to mount pressure on authorities to identify, arrest and try the killers of journalist couple Sagar-Runi murder today.
T he strike, which began at 10am and continued until 4pm as per a previous announcement, follows their Feb 21 one-hour strike as police are yet to identify or arrest anyone in the case even 19 days after the brutal murders. Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) and Jatiya Press Club jointly organised the programme. Journalists across the country are also staging the same programme and have also threatened to declare further programmes after this strike.

Former president of National Press Club and English daily News Today editor Riazuddin Ahmed addressed the government, parliament and the court and said, “If assaults on journalists come from inside the state machinery, they will never accept it.”

“We journalists will not tolerate it if attempts are made on the part of judiciary to shut us up. If it means that we have to go to jail for contempt of court, all of us will go in together,” he said. Ahmed also demanded repeal of the current law on contempt of court and urged parliament to not take a stand against the absolute freedom of speech.

Sagar, news editor at private TV station Maasranga, and his wife Runi, a senior reporter at another TV channel, ATN Bangla, were killed in the wee hours on February 11 at their rented apartment in the city’s West Rajabazar.
On February 27, the newsmen across the country abstained from work for one hour demanding the arrest of the killers, fair investigation into the killings of all of their fellows and exemplary punishment to the killers, stopping repression on media men and freedom of the press.

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