Government threatens to prosecute paper for sedition

first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific to go further May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Bangladesh Reporters Without Borders and the Bangladesh Centre for Development, Journalism and Communication (BCDJC) expressed their great concern today at the Bangladeshi government’s threat of a sedition trial in its bid to force the independent daily newspaper Dainik Janakantha to reveal its sources for an article about corruption in police appointments. “The government has every right to demand a right of reply to an article, but we remind you that the principle of protecting a journalist’s sources, which is under threat in many countries, is one of the fundamentals of press freedom,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard and BCDJC president Nayyemul Islam Khan in a letter to interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury. They urged the minister to stop such harassment and to respect the right of journalists not to reveal their sources.After the article appeared on 8 July, the interior ministry sent a threatening letter to the paper, accusing it of trying to demoralise the police and giving it two days to supply the names of the sources for the story. Four days after the ultimatum expired, the ministry repeated its demand in another letter. A third letter, on 21 July, threatened the paper with prosecution under articles 131 and 132 of the Criminal Code which provide for very heavy punishment for sedition. The letter also accused the paper of having tried again to demoralise the police by printing another article, this time about the purge of 36 police officers because they were veterans of the 1971 war of independence.The paper’s reaction to the government campaign is that articles about corruption could help the government punish those responsible.On January, Reporters Without Borders had already denounced the harassment against the paper. On january 16, 2002, the company supplying Dhaka with electricity (DESA) had cut off power to Dainik Janakantha’s printing facility in Dhaka. According to one DESA employee, the order to cut the power “came from the top. On January 14, Kabir Uddin Hannu, an elected official from a village in southern Bangladesh affiliated with the ruling Bangladesh Nationalist Party, together with his henchmen, had violently struck Shawkat Milton, a Dainik Janakantha staff correspondent in Barisal. Several days earlier, Reazzudin Jami, a Dainik Janakantha correspondent in Brahmanbaria (in eastern Bangladesh), had been assaulted by armed activist members of the BNP’s youth movement. The government had already stopped buying advertising space in the Dainik Janakantha on November 22, 2001. This decision followed the publication of articles on the harsh abuse allegedly perpetrated by members of the ruling party against Hindu minorities and Awami League militants. In an editorial published on the daily’s front page, the editorial staff affirmed that this decision came from the highest level of government, and not from the Film and Publications Department, which “simply carries out orders.” Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists BangladeshAsia – Pacific center_img News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage RSF_en News February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out more July 29, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government threatens to prosecute paper for sedition News Organisation last_img read more

Garda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challenge

first_imgLimerick Divisional Chief Superintendent Dave SheehanTHE fear and consternation caused by crime in rural communities is one of biggest challenges facing Gardaí, a divisional neighbourhood watch and community policing meeting has been told.Addressing representatives from communities all over County Limerick, Chief Superintendent Dave Sheehan said that “one of the biggest problems that we as an organisation have to face up to is the whole concept of fear of crime.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “You can go to an area and one major burglary or something like that can cause absolute consternation in the community.“It could be your neighbour who is elderly, it could be your neighbour who is young, it doesn’t really matter.“But the reality of that is the stigma that is attached, not only to the person but to the community that’s involved, is very hard to shake off.“What happens after that is that when the media get hold of some of these things and all of a sudden we are firefighting to try to say that maybe things are not as bad. I’m not being critical of the media but we are not good at getting out the factual information to let you know what is actually happening on the ground”, he said.The meeting in the Woodlands House Hotel was to “encourage constructive community participation in policing, to promote responsible community engagement or involvement and, to assist in the promotion of good crime prevention.”The Chief Superintendent warned that the “perception that comes from the ground” can often be misleading as to the actual crime statistics for an area.“We have made in-roads in dealing with crime and although the closure of rural Garda stations accentuated the fears of crime, we have made ground against criminals in a number of avenues”.Outlining the 2,766 sq km area that the Limerick Garda Division covers, Chief Supt Sheehan said that “we could do with a few more Gardaí when you see that the national average of people to Gardaí is 157 to 1 member. In Limerick however it is 366 members of the public to every one Garda within the division.”Chief Supt Sheehan revealed that there has been a slight increase in the numbers of crimes reported from 2014 to 2015.The amount of property seized has also increased.However, crimes against the person saw a 30 per cent increase while weapons offences dropped by 24 per cent.There was a 50 per cent reduction in aggravated burglaries from 2014 to 2015, following what Chief Supt Sheahan described as the “excellent garda work in bringing to justice those perpetrators of the attacks in Pallasgreen and surrounding areas”. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Facebook Previous articleReginald D Hunter: stand-up, sex appeal and soulNext articleTV – Something for the weekend Sport on TV Staff Reporter Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Email Twittercenter_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsGarda chief says ‘fear of crime’ is biggest challengeBy Staff Reporter – May 26, 2016 1064 Advertisement TAGSAn Garda SíochánaCrimeDave SheehanGardalimerick Linkedinlast_img read more