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DUJA expresses concern over picking up of journalist Samsuzzaman by CID

Dhaka University Journalists Association believes such incidents are a threat to the country’s independent journalism and freedom of media

Update : 30 Mar 2023, 03:21 PM

Dhaka University Journalists Association (DUJA) has expressed deep concern over the picking up of Prothom Alo reporter Samsuzzaman Shams by Criminal Investigation Department(CID).

In a joint statement on Thursday, its President Mamun Tushar and General Secretary Sirajul Islam Rubel said: “The incident of picking up journalist Samsuzzaman Shams from his residence by the law enforcement agency without any formal complaint or warrant is worrying. We believe that such incidents are a threat to the country's independent journalism and freedom of media.”

“Any complaint against anyone can be addressed through normal legal process. Without doing so, the incident of picking up of a journalist from his house early in the morning is not desirable at all. We believe that there should be sincere cooperation of authorities of the government to uphold the freedom of media recognized by the constitution. At the same time, we demand the release of all the journalists arrested under the Digital Security Act and justice for the attacks and torture on journalists in the country at various times,” the statement reads.

Prothom Alo's reporter Samsuzzaman Shams, working in Savar near capital Dhaka, was picked up from his house in Ambagan area near Jahangirnagar University in the early hours of Wednesday morning by the CID accusing him of publishing a “false” and “fabricated” report.

“Jahangirnagar University Chief Security Officer Sudipta Shaheen was with the CID when Samsuzzaman Shams was picked up. He also admitted that CID members called the owner of the house where Samsuzzaman lives when he was picked up from home. They told the owner of the house that the state has objections regarding a report made by Samsuzzaman and he is being taken for questioning,”the statement also reads.

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