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56 Sylhet journalists file GD seeking security from police

  • Published at 10:05 pm September 22nd, 2019
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All of them are members of Electronic Media Journalist Association, Sylhet

A total of 56 journalists, who work for different television channels, have filed a general diary (GD) at Kotwali model police station in Sylhet, seeking security fearing a threat to their lives.

All of them – members of Electronic Media Journalist Association, Sylhet (Emja) – went to the station on Sunday and lodged the GD, confirmed police.

Emja President Bappa Ghosh Chowdhury said police refused to accept the GD at first, but then reluctantly accepted it.

The GD was filed at the heels of the detention of senior journalist Moinul Haque Bulbul last Thursday night by a group of armed plainclothesmen from the city’s Women’s Medical College Hospital area.

Sylhet police initially denied his detention. But several hours later, Kanaighat police showed him arrested in a fraud case. Bulbul secured anticipatory bail from a Sylhet court on Friday afternoon.

Bappa said there is a High Court ban on police making arrests while in plainclothes. “But they did that in Bulbul’s case. They [police] didn’t even admit to detaining him at first. We are feeling unsafe.”

The journalists said they filed the GD because they were feeling unsafe, as police misused their power by picking up a senior journalist in violation of a court order.

Kotwali police OC Md Selim Mia said they would investigate the claims made in the GD and take appropriate action afterwards.