Journalist sued under DSA in Jhalakathi over Facebook comment
A case has been lodged under Digital Security Act against a journalist in Jhalakathi over a comment made on a Facebook post.
The accused is Advocate Akkas Shikder, general secretary of Jhalakathi Press Club and district correspondent of Channel 24, a private TV channel.
Sharmin Moushumi Keka, organizing secretary of Jhalakathi district unit of Awami League, filed the case with Jhalakathi Police Station on Wednesday night, said Khalilur Rahman, officer-in-charge of the station.
The incident is being investigated, the OC added.
Akkas allegedly made a comment on the home minister and road transport and bridges minister regarding extortion in Pashurhat on a post published by another person on Facebook on July 15, which tarnished the image of the party, Nazmun Zaman, sub-inspector and investigation officer of the case, said citing the case statement.
Contacted, Akkas, however, alleged that the case was lodged by the AL leader over personal grudge.
"In September last year I reported on local AL leader Sharmin Moushumi Keka regarding humiliating a woman by cutting off her hair, and setting up a stall after demolishing a Shaheed Minar on a school compound. She has held a grudge against me over this issue," Akkas said.
"Keka was accused of humiliating the woman in a case filed with a Jhalakathi court on September 17," he added.
Jhalakathi Press Club president Chittaranjan Dutta, vice-presidents Dulal Saha and Manik Roy, joint general secretary KM Sabuj, and cultural affairs secretary Alok Saha, among others, denounced the case filed against Akkas under the Digital Security Act.