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7 August, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Journalists protest attack on fellows

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Journalists protest attack on fellows
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and Dhaka Union of Journalists hold a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital yesterday to protest attacks on journalists. Focus Bangla Photo

Leaders of the journalist fraternity yesterday demanded the arrest and trial of those who had attacked their colleagues while they were covering the students’ agitation over the past two days. The journalists warned that they would launch a united movement if the attackers were not immediately arrested and punished. Leaders of a faction of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) made the demand at a human chain in front of Jatiya Press Club.

BFUJ president Ruhul Amin Gazi said the journalist community would hold demonstrations across the country on Thursday if the attackers were not held and punished by then.

Former BFUJ president Shawkat Mahmud, BFUJ secretary general M Abdullah, Jatiya Press Club joint secretary Elias Khan, DUJ president Quader Ghani Chowdhury and general secretary Shahidul Islam, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, journalists from different media outlets held a human chain at the Karwan Bazar intersection in Dhaka in the afternoon in protest against the attacks on them during the ongoing student movement for safe roads. They formed the human chain around 4pm and demanded exemplary punishment for those who had attacked journalists on duty.

Speaking at the human chain, the journalists urged the authorities to take steps in order to stop such attacks on mediapersons for the sake of press freedom. Journalists would not remain silent and would speak the truth in the face of such attacks, they warned.

Over a dozen journalists of different mass media outlets came under attacks at different places across the capital in the last two days. They claimed police and BCL men beat them up with sticks and brutally kicked and punched them. These elements also snatched their mobile phones and cameras and deliberately smashed them.

One female journalist was also allegedly molested by BCL men in Jhigatola of the capital.

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