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Ganajagaran Mancha to publish weekly newspaper

Update : 23 Apr 2013, 02:33 PM

Ganajagaran Mancha has decided to publish a weekly newspaper to take the youth uprising to the people at a grassroots level.

“Final makeup works are underway. We hope to finish it within one or two days,” Imran H Sarker, spokesperson of the Mancha, told this correspondent today.

The weekly will be named Ganajagaran.

Imran said renowned intellectuals, journalists, Islamic scholars and people from all walks of life would write in the newspaper. The paper will also publish the activities of the Mancha. A regular news analysis will also be published.

Initially, the price of the four-page colour newspaper has been fixed at Tk20. Blogger Maruf Rasul will be its editor.

The paper will act as the newsletter of the movement, Imran said.

The Shahbag movement began on February 5, hours after Jamaat assistant secretary general Abdul Quader Mollah was sentenced to life in prison for rape, killing and genocide in 1971. Ganajagaran Mancha was formed later as a platform to coordinate the movement.

The Shahbag protesters have been demanding capital punishment for Mollah and all other war criminals and a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Main opposition BNP and its ally Jamaat have been opposing the movement, calling it “atheist” and “backed by the government”.

On April 6, a previously unknown Islamist group named Hefazet-e-Islam held a large rally in Dhaka in protest of “atheists defaming Prophet Mohammad (sm) and Allah”.

Imran says these false accusations tarnished the image of the movement since it had no publications. “Anti-liberation forces took the chance. They used different kinds of media to tarnish the image of the movement,” he said.

“We think this newspaper will help people understand the movement clearly. They will not be influenced by rumours anymore,” Imran said.

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