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Journalist and many others booked under the Digital Security Act (DSA) in Bangladesh

A journalist has been jailed in a case filed under the Digital Security Act (DSA) for “spreading rumours” against Sunamganj 1 MP Mouazzam Hossain Ratan on Facebook. Sunamganj Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Khaled Miah sent Mohammad Mahtab Uddin Talukder, 40, editor and publisher of Daily Haorancholer Katha and district correspondent of SATV, to jail after police produced him in court.

The arrest of the journalist comes only days after journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol, who had gone missing about two months ago after being named in multiple DSA cases, was arrested near the border and sent to jail on charges of trespassing. Sunamganj Shelbarash Union Awami League General Secretary Benuar Hossain Khan Pathan filed the case against Mahtab Uddin with Dharmapasha police station.

The plaintiff claimed that he had filed the case after seeing Mahtab’s post on Facebook with the “intention of spreading rumours” against MP Ratan. “We informed the Sunamganj Sadar Model police station after the case was filed. Later, Sumanganj Sadar police arrested Mahtab Uddin from his residence,” he added.

Talking to this correspondent, Rajat Kanti Sarkar, the defendant’s lawyer, said: “I sought bail for Mahtab. But the court rejected the application and sent him to jail.”

However, Sanjiba Khanum, the accused journalist’s wife, said: “An influential quarter has been conspiring against my husband for a long time. His Facebook account was hacked. 

“This is a conspiracy. He is innocent. I demand justice for my husband before the court.”

Law enforcers have arrested four people, including a writer and a cartoonist, after the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) filed a case against 11 persons under the controversial Digital Security Act (DSA), claiming that their activities on social media had led to confusion, instability and chaos among the people.

According to the case statement, filed with Ramna Police Station, the cyber team of RAB-3 had ‘secret information’ about some people and Facebook IDs which had been spreading false and fabricated information about the Covid-19 pandemic, and against the government.

Cartoonist Kishore had been posting various critical cartoon-posters on the role of the government amid the ongoing coronavirus situation in the country on his “Ami Kishore” Facebook page. Mushtaq was writing on critical issues on Facebook through multiple IDs, including the page “Michael Kumir Tagore,” police have said.

Police have arrested Dhaka Tribune's Barguna correspondent Sumon Shikdar after a case was filed against him and six others under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

Barguna Sadar police station OC Abir Md Hossain said a woman named Lamia filed a case against seven people on Wednesday, reports Bangla Tribune.

Of them, Sumon, who is also a correspondent of Bangla Tribune, and two others were arrested, the OC added. The arrestees will be produced before the court in the morning on Thursday, the OC further said. The others accused in the case are Jamal Mir, Tingku, Asad Sobuj, Rabbi, Sagir Hossain and Rubel, all journalists of online news portal Banglanews24.com. Two among them are in police custody.

Lamia accused the journalists of defaming her and her mother through a Youtube channel, according to the case. Reported By Dhaka Tribune.


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