[Reader-list] Arrest of journalists in Bangladesh
monica at sarai.net
Wed Dec 4 20:12:27 IST 2002
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
Gilles & Isabelle
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.
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