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"I’ve just had an email informing me that prominent journalist Tasneem Khalil has been arrested by the military police in Bangladesh, a serious attack on press freedom in the country. An editor and outspoken journalist for the English daily newspaper Daily Star, he also worked for CNN and Human Rights Watch in the country. Of late he has been documenting the military’s attempts to take over Bangladesh and restrict political rights and free speech in the country.

'Apparently Mr. Khalil’s crime is that he did his job. He spoke truthfully about the current situation in Bangladesh. He was interviewed by Nora Boustany of the Washington Post last month - that interview may have cost him his freedom and now possibly his life.

I have been speaking out over the last month about the military takedown of the democratic system in Bangladesh. One by one the fundamental rights of Bangladeshis have been taken away. But, Bangladeshis have recently started to fight back against the military. The press, the people and the courts have begun speaking out. The military now aims to silence them. Their thuggery is now plain to see.'

Human Rights Watch has also issued a press release. This has also been elevated to the US State dept and Washington Post should be doing a story.

We need to organise joint protests in Washington and London in front of the Bangladeshi embassies to raise the profile of this arrest and highlight human rights abuses there. Who’s with me? Email sunny@pickledpolitics.com if you're interested.

Updates here - http://www.drishtipat.org/blog/

EDIT - thanks to everyone that's helped - Tasnim has been FREED :D

Date: 2007-05-11 01:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exmoor-cat.livejournal.com
Haven't been following this, can you cross post this and background to www.ldys.org.uk/forum - there's an international politics section

Date: 2007-05-11 07:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysticknyght.livejournal.com
i agree, the more you can raise the profile of such incidents inside the US, the more we in the US can point to the actions of our own government and show that Bush is no better than a Bangladeshi thug.

Date: 2007-05-11 10:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exmoor-cat.livejournal.com
Erm, you ought to head by to LDYS, you got logged as spam. Also good idea to follow up too.

Date: 2007-05-11 10:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xladygodivax.livejournal.com
i had a lecture on this a few weeks ago(not this case,but missing/killed journalists). Its some crazy stuff,so mcuh doesn't get shown in the media about how some journalists die.

http://www.newssafety.com/

x

Date: 2008-02-08 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obsessive-katy.livejournal.com
(Hello! Totally unrelated to this post, but just wanted to say that it was great to meet you last night! Katy x)

Date: 2008-02-09 03:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] genie22.livejournal.com
Great to meet you too, K!

Would it be cool if I added you?

x

Date: 2008-02-11 10:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] obsessive-katy.livejournal.com
Of course!

xx

Date: 2008-02-08 12:47 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
one for your illustrious commentary dear..
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7234163.stm

(Sameen)

Date: 2008-02-08 12:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sameen.livejournal.com
one for your illustrious commentary dear..
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7234163.stm

(Sameen)
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