March 31, 2020, 6:29 pm

Attack on Mahmudur Rahman is an attack on journalism in Bangladesh

Attack on Mahmudur Rahman is an attack on journalism in Bangladesh

Md Ahsanul Wadud

Daily Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman brutally hurt in a frenzied attack by the Bangladesh Chhatra League in Kushtia.  He was attacked just after the court released him on bail for a case filed over demeaning Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

This is not the first time MahmudurRahman victimized he was victimized in many different times. MahmudurRahman becomes the victim of the attack in board daylight in the court premises soon after the bail was granted.  Even this is a matter of grave worry given that the location of the attack was a court premise where people seek justice and the silent presence of police force in the scene.

The member from Bangladesh Chhatra League took position outside the courtroom and confined MahmudurRahman. The BCL members also chanted slogans against the Bangla daily acting editor at that time. At one stage as Mahmudur tried to get into his car, the BCL men hurled brick chips targeting his car forcing him to take shelter at the room of an advocate.

The Bangladesh Chhatra League men then entered into the room and beat him up cruelly, leaving him seriously injured. Later MahmudurRahman was resued and sent to Jashore Hospital by an ambulance.

On 1 December, MahmudurRahman the editor of daily Amar Desh newspaper took part in a seminar on restoration of democracy and the role of media, organized by Bangladesh Democratic Council at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.

Following his participation in the seminar, several cases were filed later against MahmudurRahman in different districts for making the ‘derogatory remarks.’

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