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12:00 AM, February 05, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:29 AM, February 05, 2020

Attacks During City Polls: Bring perpetrators to book: journos

Journalists yesterday strongly condemned attacks on media workers covering Dhaka city polls, and demanded immediate arrest of the perpetrators.

They were speaking at a protest programme organised by the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) in front of Jatiya Press Club.

Many expressed their frustration at the failure of law enforcers and election officers in ensuring safety and security of journalists during the recently-concluded elections.

DUJ President Abu Zafar Surja said the attackers have to be brought to book by Saturday, otherwise the union would wage a tougher movement.

Journalists are fighting for freedom of expression and democracy, but they are being attacked repeatedly for it, said DUJ General Secretary Sohel Haider Chowdhury. 

At least 10 journalists from different media houses were attacked and assaulted while performing election duties on Saturday.

Many were obstructed and humiliated allegedly by leaders and activists of the ruling party.

Mostafizur Rahman Sumon, one of the victims of Saturday’s violence,  on Monday night filed a case with Mohammadpur Police Station, accusing some unnamed men loyal to DNCC Ward-34 councillor Hossain Khokon.

 

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