[Reader-list] Arrest of journalists in Bangladesh

Monica Narula monica at sarai.net
Wed Dec 4 20:12:27 IST 2002

Dear All

This has been forwarded to us by a friend who is a photographer from 
France, and has worked in Bangladesh for  years. He is in touch with 
many media practitioners and journalists from there.



Our good friend of us the journalist saleem Samad has been jailed 
with two british journalist working for channel 4. If you have three 
minutes left please sign the petition to ask for their release at


Thanking you in advance

Warm regards

Gilles & Isabelle


Saleem Samad

Journalist Saleem Samad, the Bangladesh correspondent of Reporters 
Without Borders, was arrested on the night of 29 November 2002 and 
accused of helping two reporters from the British TV station Channel 

Samad's family, whose home was searched, have been forced into hiding 
after receiving many threats. A policeman warned that Samad's son 
might be arrested.

A Channel 4 reporter, Zaiba Malik, and cameraman Bruno Sorrentino, as 
well as their translator Priscilla Raj and driver Mujib, were 
arrested on 25 November as they were about to cross the border into 
India near the eastern town of Benapole. Since then, police have 
obstructed legal procedures.

The journalists are accused of sedition and risk the death penalty.
Monica Narula
Sarai:The New Media Initiative
29 Rajpur Road, Delhi 110 054

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