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Bangla Govt draws flak on scribe's arrest

Bangla Govt draws flak on scribe's arrest

Author: News
Publication: The Times of India
Date: November 26, 2001

Kolkata: The arrest of Bangladeshi rights activist and journalist Shahriar Kabir has provoked angry across the world. In Dhaka, more than 2000 people staged an angry demonstration demanding against Kabir's arrest. watchdog Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF) has demanded immediate release of Kabir.

In a letter to Bangladeshi home minister Altaf Hossain Choudhury, the RSF has said that the country's government has used an emergency law to imprison the journalist who was only reporting the situation of hundreds of Hindus suffering the religious violence in Bangladesh.

"This decision runs counter to your party's recent electoral promises, which committed you not to use emergency laws against the press," said the RSF general-secretary Robert Mnard. Kabir, detained under the Special Powers Act of 1974, may be kept in custody for 90 days.

In Kolkata, Kiriti Roy of Manabadhikar Suraksha Mancha strongly condemned the arrest of Kabir, who was picked up by Bangladeshi authorities last Friday, immediately after he landed at Dhaka airport. Roy said that the arrest was undemocratic and against the charter of human rights. He demanded immediate release.

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