Sunamganj journalist arrested over Facebook post


A journalist from Sunamganj was arrested early today in a case filed under Digital Security Act for allegedly posting a defamatory status on Facebook involving parliamentarian Mouazzam Hossain Ratan of Sunamganj-1 constituency.

The journalist, Mohammad Mahtab Uddin Talukder, is the Sunamganj district correspondent of SATV and editor-publisher of Daily Haorancholer Katha, reports our Sylhet Correspondent.

Mahtab was arrested by police at Sunamganj Sadar Police Station from his home at Balakapara of Sunamganj municipality area around 2:00am, said Delowar Hossain, officer-in-charge of Dharmapasha Police Station.

The case was filed last night with Dharmapasha Police Station by Benuar Hossain Khan Pathan of Uttarbir village of Dharmapasha upazila in the district, who is also the general secretary of Shelbarash union of the upazila.

Delowar said, "The plaintiff mentioned in the case statement that the accused updated a Facebook post at 9:45pm yesterday, mentioning that the MP was arrested by Anti-Corruption Commission, which is eventually false and defamatory."

"The accused journalist is arrested under Digital Security Act and sent to a Sunamganj Court," he added.

Ashek Suja Mamun, inspector (prosecution) of Sunamganj District Police, said, "The journalist has been brought in the court and will be produced before a judge at 2:00pm."