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Journos’ hunger strike Monday protesting Mahmudur’s arrest

Journalists will observe a token hunger strike on Monday protesting the arrest of Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.Ruhul Amin Gazi , president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists(BFUJ) announced the programme from a meeting jointly organised by BFUJ and Dhaka Union of Journalists(DUJ) in front of National Press Club Saturday afternoon.“We will observe token hunger strike from 10 am to 2 pm protesting the arrest of Mahmudur Rahman and conspiracy to stop publication of Daily Amar Desh”, Gazi said.Earlier on Friday, they announced to go on a non

Mahmudur Rahman to be produced before court

Daily Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman, arrested on Thursday morning, will be produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court here on Thursday afternoon in connection with three cases filed with Tejgaon Police Station.Court sources said police will produce Mahmudur Rahman before the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sahidul Islam seeking a 24-day remand in the three cases.He was shown arrested in a case filed under Information Technology Act and two other cases filed for obstructing police in performing their duty and exploding crude bombs.<

Mahmudur arrested to appease atheists: Hefajat

Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Thursday lambasted the government for arresting Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman saying that it was done just to appease a handful of ‘atheists and apostates’.“We think he (Mahmudur) was arrested in a planned way to make anti-Islamists and atheists-apostates happy,” Hefajat’s Dhaka city unit leaders said in a statement signed by Maulana Ahlullah Wasel, the unit’s publicity cell chief.Hefajat leaders also issued a threat that the whole country will be on fire if Mahmudur Rahman is not released.Mentioning that Mahmudur Rahman has won

Mahmudur on 13-day remand

A Dhaka court on Thursday placed Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman on a 13-day remand in three cases filed with Tejgaon Police Station. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sahidul Islam passed the order when police produced him before the court with a 24-day remand prayer.At the court, Mahmudur defended himself without appointing any counsel and opposed the remand prayer. He even did not seek bail.”I know the bail petition won’t be granted …the remand prayers won’t be rejected either because there’s direction from the higher authorities.

Mahmudur arrested under Penal Code: MKA

Home Minister MK Alamgir on Thursday said Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman was arrested under the Bangladesh Penal Code (BPC), not under the Printing Presses and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act 1973.Emerging from a meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Ministry in Parliament, Alamgir said Mahmudur Rahman has been arrested in a case filed against him under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act 2006.Meanwhile, State Minister for Home Shamsul Haque Tuku told UNB that Mahmudur Rahman was arrested under the ICT Act for hurting

Journos’ ultimatum for release of Mahmudur

Journalist leaders on Thursday gave an ultimatum to the government to release Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman within 24 hours .They also condemned the arrest of Mahmudur Rahman and urged the government to release him immediately.“Mahmudur Rahman must be released by 10 am tomorrow (Friday), otherwise, the journalists will hold a protest rally at 11 am on that day,” said Ruhul Amin Gazi, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ).He said while addressing a protest rally jointly organised by BFUJ and Dhaka Union of Journalists in fron

Khaleda denounces Mahmudur’s arrest; demands release

Terming Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman a strong voice against the government’s anti-people policy and repressive acts, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday expressed deep concern over his arrest.In a statement, Khaleda, also the leader of the opposition in parliament, denounced the arrest and demanded immediate release of the Amar Desh acting editor.She also urged the government to ensure the freedom of expression, which is the main spirit of the country’s great independence, stop the repression and oppression on the media.

Dcab condemns Mahmudur’s arrest - ‘It’s absolutely undemocratic, unacceptable’

President of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) Imran Alam and general secretary Bashir Ahmed on Thursday condemned the arrest of Amar Desh acting editor Mahmudur Rahman.In a statement, they said the arrest of Mahmudur Rahman and placing him on police remand is absolutely undemocratic and unacceptable. “Such move by the government is an attack on the freedom of press and freedom of expression,” it said.
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