Bangladesh editors concerned over DSA cases, harassment

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 12:03am on November 30, 2020

Editors’ Council on Sunday expressed concern over the filing of cases against journalists under the Digital Security Act and continued harassment of editors and senior journalists.

Editors’ Council president Mahfuz Anam and general secretary Nayeem Nizam in a statement said that the council met in virtual meetings presided over by Mahfuz Anam on November 26 and November 21 and discussed the issues.

They expressed their concern over some of the recent incidents, including framing charges against nine people, including Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, in a case in connection with the death  of Naimul Islam Abrar, a student of Dhaka Residential School and College.

‘On November 1 last year, Residential School student Abrar died due to electrocution in a function marking one of its supplements Kishor Alo’s anniversary. Matiur Rahman was accused in the case though he was not present in the event.

 ‘Editors’ Council, showing due respect to the rule of law, feel that submitting a charge sheet against Matiur Rahman, though he was not present at the location of the accident, is a matter of concern,’ the statement said.

‘Editors’ Council hopes that no quarter would extend its influence in this regard to ensure justice,’ the statement read.

The statement said that the meetings discussed the uncertain future facing the newspaper industry amid the coronavirus outbreak, besides the declining in circulation of newspapers and the volume of advertisement the industry used to receive.

The meeting expressed shock at the death of the organisation’s founding member and Daily Sangbad’s acting editor Khandaker Muniruzzaman and conveyed their sympathy to his bereaved family. 

The Editors› Council also decided to hold a condolence meeting to pay respect to Muniruzzaman, also a freedom fighter.