At least 27 journalists who covered rallies on 28 October in Bangladesh were attacked by supporters of the main opposition party, members of the ruling party, and police forces.
IFEX joined several groups in urging Bangladeshi authorities to stop the harassment of journalist Adhora Yeasmean and other members of the media who are facing prosecution under the repressive Digital Security Act.
Four journalists are facing up to 15 years in prison on police charges of taking part in a protest that turned violent on 15 August.
The Committee to Protect Journalists urged the government to ensure that journalists are fully consulted in drafting the new Cyber Security Act and that it complies with international human rights laws.
Golam Rabbani Nadim was attacked and beaten by a large group of individuals on the night of 14 June, while on his way home from work.
IFEX joins ARTICLE 19 and Free Press Unlimited in calling on the authorities in Bangladesh to stop the legal harassment of ‘Prothom Alo’ journalists and end the broader crackdown on press freedom.
Police assaulted at least nine journalists on the court’s premises in the capital city of Dhaka after clashes broke out between lawyers supporting the ruling Awami League party and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
“Authorities must immediately and unconditionally release Shams and cease harassing journalists under the Digital Security Act, which has repeatedly been used to muzzle critical voices” – CPJ
The journalist has faced intense harassment, including monitoring of her financial transactions, over the past two years.
IPI identified at least 30 press freedom violations between April and September 2022, which included cases of physical attacks on journalists, as well as arrests and the introduction of restrictive cyber regulations.
Journalist Abu Azad has filed a police complaint against 10 people for assault, extortion, kidnapping, and attempted murder.
South Asia: IPI launches ad campaign calling for action to protect press freedom and the safety of journalists
The International Press Institute has joined with seven print and online media outlets in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan to launch an ad campaign aimed at raising public awareness about the need to protect press freedom.
Human Rights Watch said that Bangladesh authorities should respect the rule of law and protect political opposition supporters’ right to freedom of association, and peaceful assembly.
Two brothers of journalists working for ‘Weekly Surma’, a London-based newspaper, were arrested by the police in Bangladesh for allegedly being accomplices in spreading anti-government propaganda.