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Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Explain concerns over Bergman contempt: ICT

Individuals who were concerned of Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman’s conviction in a contempt charge against a war crimes tribunal will now have to clarify their say. All those who gave out the statement of concern will have to clarify their statement by January 27, Mustafizur Rahman, registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT),...

Probe recent killings, stop arbitrary arrest of politicians

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said the Bangladesh government should investigate the recent killing of protesters and stop “arbitrary” arrests of members of opposition parties. The London-based Amnesty International in a report dated January 8 on its website also said the Bangladeshi authorities must free a “prominent journalist” arrested this week as part of an apparent crackdown against the BNP. “The government of Bangladesh has a duty to launch an immediate, thorough and independent investigation into the deaths [of...

'ISIS‬ is much stronger and much more dangerous'

'ISIS‬ is much stronger and much more dangerous'

The first Western journalist in the world to be allowed extensive access to ISIS territories in Syria and Iraq has returned from the region with a warning: the group is “much stronger and much more dangerous” than anyone in the West realises. Jürgen Todenhöfer, 74, is a renowned German journalist and publicist who travelled...

The memories of a bloody December

The memories of a bloody December

On March 23, 1971, the flag of Bangladesh was put up in East Pakistan. At the time, Ali Ahmed Khan was a journalist in Dhaka. “I worked for a progressive Urdu weekly, Pasban, which promoted the rights of East Pakistan and consistently campaigned for the restoration of democracy under military rule,” he says, with...

Bergman pays fine for contempt

Bergman pays fine for contempt

Dhaka-based British journalist David Bergman today paid Tk 5,000 fine as per the verdict delivered by International Crimes Tibunal-2 for his contempt of court. Bergman paid the fine through the Supreme Court branch of Sonali Bank and informed the ICT registrar, via a letter, this afternoon, Arunava Chakraborty, deputy registrar of the ICT, told...

Editorial

Remembering our Founder Editor

ON his 86th birth anniversary today, we remember S. M. Ali, our Founder Editor and an icon of English journalism in our country, with deep deference and gratitude. He was a journalist by choice. At a time when less meritorious students than him chose more lucrative careers he chose to be a scribe out of a sheer penchant to serve the nation through his writings, an endowment that was a gift of Providence to a most worthy one. S M...

Journalist Al-Amin dies

Journalist Al-Amin dies

Journalist Md Al-Amin died of heart ailments at Ibrahim Cardiac Hospital in Dhaka early today. He was 46. He breathed his last around 5:00am. Al-Amin was a news editor (English version) of the online news portal thereport24.com. Earlier, he worked in The Daily Star for around 17 years. He left behind his wife, two children and a...

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

Third video of UK hostage John Cantlie released

A third video has appeared featuring British hostage John Cantlie who is being held by Islamic State militants. The journalist delivers a scripted message responding to US President Barack Obama's recent speech on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. The script mocks the US's strategy of employing air power combined with local ground forces. Cantile appears sat at a desk against a black backdrop, following the same format as in previous videos. Further messages The message ends with a comment by him that Islamic State (IS) says it welcomes meeting with what is described as President Obama's under-construction army.

HC orders probe into attack on ETV journo

HC orders probe into attack on ETV journo

The High Court today ordered an investigation into an alleged police assault on Ekushey Television journalist Akhil Podder in Kushtia last month. The bench of Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury and Justice Md Ashraful Kamal directed the home secretary to form a two-member committee to probe the allegation and submit a report by four weeks. The...

THE BEHEADING OF JAMES FOLEY

Are we not savages too?

WITHOUT question, the beheading of US journalist James Foley was an inexcusable and savage act of violence by the ISIS. The killing of non-combatants should always be condemned. But there is a clear discrepancy in the response of both the Western media and the general public with regard to the killing of Western civilians compared to Islamic civilians. The number of Western civilians killed by Islamic militants pales in comparison to the number of non-combatants that have died at...

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