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Journalists demand unconditional release of Rozina Islam

Rozina Islam was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on Tuesday afternoon after a Dhaka court rejected police’s remand plea

Update : 19 May 2021, 02:05 PM

Journalists on Wednesday formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club demanding unconditional release of journalist Rozina Islam and punishment of those involved in harassing her at the Secretariat.

Dhaka Reporters Unity, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalist, Barisal Divisional Journalist Association, Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters Forum, Bangladesh Photo Journalists Association and other organizations joined the human chain around 11 am.

Women journalists formed human chain in front of the Press Club demanding release of journalist Rozina Islam and withdrawal of false case on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

They also demanded withdrawal of false case filed against Islam.

Besides, Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) held a protest rally in front of its office demanding the same.

Islam, senior journalist of Prothom Alo, was handed over to police on Monday night after being held at the Secretariat for over five hours.


Also read - UN concerned over arrest of Rozina Islam


Islam was arrested for allegedly attempting to illegally “collect sensitive government documents and taking photos of them” from the Secretariat on Monday.

An FIR was filed against Islam under the Official Secrets Act and sections 379 and 411 of The Penal Code on a complaint filed by the Health Services Division at Shahbagh police station.

Rally in front of Dhaka Reporters' Unity demanding release of journalist Rozina Islam and withdrawal of false charges on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune

Later, a Dhaka court on Tuesday sent Islam to jail after rejecting the police's demand for her five-day remand.

Rozina Islam was taken to Kashimpur Central Women's Jail on Tuesday afternoon after a Dhaka court rejected police’s remand plea.

Besides, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has formed a three-member probe committee to look into the confinement and later handover to police of journalist Rozina Islam at the Secretariat on Monday.

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