The plaintiff has demanded a Tk100 crore compensation from Shomi for insulting and defaming journalists
A defamation case has been filed against celebrated actress and business leader Shomi Kaiser for an ‘insulting’ exchange with journalists at National Press Club.
Mia Md Nuzhatul Hasan — editor of the Student Journal BD news portal — filed the case against Shomi on Tuesday at the court of Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Assaduzzaman Noor.
The plaintiff has demanded a Tk100 crore compensation from Shomi for insulting and defaming journalists.
According to the case statement, on April 24, Shomi, also the president of e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB), lost her two cell phones during an event at the National Press Club, where she was giving a speech.
Her security guards locked the gate and searched all the journalists and guests. Around 50 journalists and over a hundred guests were locked inside the for more than half-an-hour.
When the journalists became impatient and protested, Shomi reportedly called reporters “thieves.” The incident has sparked condemnation from journalists across the board.
Later, recorded footage showed the phones were stolen by a worker.