Bangla Academy authorities have banned Shraban Prakashani at Amar Ekushey Book Fair for next two years.
The member secretary of the book fair committee Jalal Ahmed told New Age that the academy’s council in its recent meeting decided to ban Shraban Prakashani in the fair for next two years as its owner Robin Ahsan had protested against banning a book, closing down the publishing house’s stall and arrest of the publisher during 2015 book fair. ‘The council considered such activities of the publisher was against interest of the book fair,’ he said.
The academy also banned four more publishing houses — Rangin Phool, Oikya, Neel Pari, and Badwip.
Jalal Ahmed said the four were banned for selling pirated books.
Shraban Prakashani’s publisher Robin Ahsan said he came to know of the ban when his manager was informed that the publishing house was banned for violating the fair guidelines.
Robin said such decision of the academy is extremely discriminatory and clear infringement of right to express. ‘Standing for a publisher cannot be a crime. I had protested the arrest of a publisher,’ he said.
He said the incumbent director general Shamsuzzaman Khan and tried to ban Shraban Prakashani in 2009 for publishing Badruddin Umar’s book Yunuser Daridra Banijya [Poverty Trade of Muhammad Yunus]. Such a move was foiled at that time as noted writer and journalist Baby Moudud had stood against it, Robin said.
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