Vol. 5 Num 828 Sun. September 24, 2006  

Journos becoming targets of politicians in Khagrachhari
Seven tortured, 35 cases filed

Journalists are increasingly becoming targets of politicians of both the ruling and opposition parties in the districts.

They are being assaulted and at least 35 cases have been filed against them in the recent time.

The journalists facing cases are: Mohammad Azim-Ul-Huq of Prothom Alo, Mohammad Nurul Azam and Indrajit Banik of Samakal, Khagrachhari Press Club vice-president Jiten Barua, Sukumar Barua of Bir Chattagram Mancha, Panchhari Press Club president Sattajit Chakma, Abu Daud Muhammad of Naya Diganta, Omar Faruq Shamim of Bhorer Kagoj and Pradip Chowdhury of Sangbad.

More than seven journalists were assaulted or tortured by politicians.

Prothom Alo journalist Azim-Ul-Huq said he faced 17 false cases for publishing series of stories against the illegal activities of the ruling party men. BNP lawmaker Wadud Bhuiyan and BNP leaders Mahafuz, Mostafizur Rahman Millat, M N Abser, Abdus Salam, Joynal Abedin, Nazrul Islam, Belal Hossen and Saidul Islam Babul filed the cases. x

Another journalist, Jiten Barua of Janakantha also faced 17 cases.

Sukumar Barua of Bir Chattagram Manchha was arrested by plainclothes policemen at midnight following filing of a case against him sometime in October last year.

However, he was freed after two days due to continuous agitation of local journalists.

Samakal journalist Nurul Azam was assaulted by BNP activists for publishing a Union Parishad (UP) election story on March 8, 2003. Two local BNP leaders led the attackers. They also threatened to kill him.

Local BNP leaders and their fellow men tortured Samakal journalist Indrajit Banik of Matiranga upazila for a report on grabbing land of a member of the minority community

Journalists are also often threatened by activists of Parbatya Chattagram Jano Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) and United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) for publishing news.