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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...


Shadow across free media: Why?

SOMETHING is wrong with both the means and the end. In Gandhi's eye, when the means is bad the end cannot be good. Fundamentally, it is the intent or motive that is pivotal to either adding to or unmaking a settled fact. The case in point is the government's apparent move to restore DCs' authority to cancel declaration of newspapers. This was embodied in the 1973 Press and Publications Act but subsequently revoked by Justice Shahabuddin, head of the interim...

Baby Moudud passes away

Baby Moudud passes away

Eminent journalist and former Awami League lawmaker AN Mahfuza Khatun Baby Moudud died at a hospital in the capital this afternoon at the age of 66, hospital sources said. President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and leaders of different political parties expressed their deep shocks over the death of the veteran journalist. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also went there and pay her respect to her friend. Earlier, she was admitted to the United Hospital as she was suffering from cancer, the hospital sources said. She left behind her two sons and thousands of admires. According to the biography published by ninth parliament, she was born in Kolkata in 1948. Baby Moudud obtained her honours...

BCL leader 'threatens to kill' journo

A journalist has lodged a general diary against the general secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League of Rajshahi University unit for allegedly threatening to kill him. Amzad Hossain Shimul, a staff reporter of Daily Amader Shomoy at Rajshahi and also a fourth year student of mass communication and journalism department, filed the GD with Motihar Police Station Saturday night against SM Tawhid Al Hossain alias Tuhin. Shimul in the GD alleged that when Tuhin phoned him Saturday afternoon, he could not recognise...

Alba lays into journo

Spain's World Cup ended in recrimination and accusation when the full-back Jordi Alba confronted a journalist and told him: “I'll rip your head off.” As he was leaving the Arena da Baixada after the 3-0 win over Australia through the mixed zone where journalists gather to speak to players, Alba passed in front of Javier Gomez Matallanas, a reporter for the sports daily AS. Without stopping he said: “Next time I'll rip your head off.” Matallanas expressed his surprise to which...

A journalist, a friend

A journalist, a friend

One more of the 1960s' generation of journalists goes the way of all flesh. Mahbubul Alam carries with him the story of a life that has had its moments of luminosity as also its patches of grey. In his final avatar as editor of The Independent, it was a constant battle he was up...

Journo’s dismembered body found in Chuadanga

Police recovered body parts of a local journalist near a railway station in Chuadanga Sadar upazila this morning. Sadrul Alam Nipun, 40, was a reporter of Chuadanga-based newspaper daily Mathabhanga, reports our Kushtia correspondent. Victim’s younger brother Lipon told the correspondent that some unidentified men called Nipun out of his Nilmaniganj house in the upazila in the early hours of Thursday. “Since then, Nipun remained missing,” Lipon said. People found the the victim body parts -- cut into eleven pieces – scattered on...

AL men threaten to kill journo

Some ruling Awami League leaders of Panchbibi upazila in Joypurhat have threatened to kill a local journalist for reporting their misappropriation of a Tk 50,000 cheque issued from the Prime Minister's relief fund for a victim of violence. In this connection, the journalist, Sumon Chowdhury, 38, Panchbibi upazila correspondent of the Bangla daily Bhorer Kagoj, filed two separate general diaries (GDs) with Panchbibi Police Station on Thursday and Friday. In the GDs, he said Panchbibi upazila AL General Secretary and its...

Count every death in Pak barbarians' hands

Count every death in Pak barbarians' hands

One of the most influential living philosophers of the world, Bertrand-Henri Levy, yesterday made an emotional explanation of why he as a young, naïve man volunteered to cover the war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971 as a journalist and said the country still has a huge "battle of memory" to fight by...


We condemn beating of journalists

JUST a day after the health minister's annoyance about doctors' behaviour with patients, their attendants not excluded, the intern doctors at Rajshahi Medical College and Hospital (RMCH) beat up as many as ten journalists on Sunday last. Of the injured the condition of a cameraman of Jamuna TV was reported to be critical. Yet no concrete action has been taken against the offenders. The brawl that began sometime around 9 pm by a relative of a patient allegedly slapping an...

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