Political unrest sparks violent attacks on journalists and media


first_img RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News News Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns a major wave of attacks on media and journalists, including bombings and shootings, which began six days ago and which is linked to opposition demands for a neutral interim government prior to elections scheduled for January.“The violence against journalists is intolerable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Justice must be rendered. The authorities must identify those responsible and bring them to trial. We support the statements made by the Editors’ Council and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), which have firmly condemned these attacks.“It is imperative that the authorities should be able to ensure effective security for journalists, so that they can work without fear, and that the political parties do not encourage their supporters to target journalists.”The attacks on the media began when an opposition demonstration degenerated on 25 October, and continued during a 60-hour “shut-down” called by opposition sectors to press demands for a neutral government for 90 days to establish a free and impartial environment for parliamentary elections in January. Schools and shopping centres closed and public transport halted although the prime minister urged Bangladeshis to ignore the strike call.Members of the Islamist party Jamaat-e-Islami began attacking the offices of certain Dhaka-based media, especially privately-owned TV stations, with home-made bombs on 25 October. The targets included Channel 71, Desh TV, Mohona TV, My TV and the newspapers Bohrer Kagoj and BDnews24.com.Those injured included Channel 71 Newroom’s editor Zakaria Biblop, who was taken to a military hospital in a critical condition although his condition is no longer life-threatening. RSF_en Follow the news on Bangladesh October 31, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Political unrest sparks violent attacks on journalists and media BangladeshAsia – Pacific BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Credit photo: the Daily Star Newscenter_img News Masudur Rahman, a cameraman with privately-owned Channel-i, was injured by bullet fragments when police opened fire in Dhaka to disperse a protest by Jubo Dal, a group that supports the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).Kafi Kamal, a journalist with the daily Manabzamin, was injured when a bomb went off outside BNP headquarters, while Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked Rashed Nizam, a journalist with Channel 24.Abdus Salam of Shomoy TV and Sheikh Tofazzal Hossain of RTV were the victims of similar attacks in the western city of Rajshahi. Hossain was rushed to hospital in a critical condition after he was beaten with clubs, his camera was smashed and his personal effects were stolen.On 29 October, Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked Abu Habib of the daily Dainik Janmabhumi as he was covering vandalism in the village of Kaliganj. He was clubbed, his camera and mobile phone were seized and his thumb was almost cut off. He was rushed to Sathkira Sadar Hospital and from there to a specialist hospital.In Narayanganj, a town near Dhaka, four local reporters – Rasel Ahmed of Kaler Kantho, Riaz Hossain of Ajkaler Khabor, G.M Shahid of Shakaler Khabor and Imdadul Haque Dulal of Arthoniti Protidin – were injured when suspected BNP members threw homemade bombs at their vehicles, which were marked “Press.” They were briefly hospitalized for treatment.In the northwestern district of Thakurgaon, NTV reporter Luftar Rahman Mithu was injured while covering clashes between BNP activists and members of the ruling Awami League. Maasranga TV journalist Badrul Islam’s motorcycle was set on fire during these clashes but Islam was unhurt.In the southeastern city of Chittagong, Nasir Uddin Tota of Bangla Vision TV and Abul Hasnat of ATN News were injured when they went to help Mohammad Farid Uddin, an ATN cameraman who was being attacked by young Jamaat-e-Islami activists.In the southwestern city of Jessore, activists attacked Labual Haq Ripon of the daily Dainik Samajer Katha while a bomb was thrown at Sakirul Kabir Riton, the secretary-general of the Jessore Union of Journalists and a reporter for Boishaki Television.Many vehicles carrying media personnel were also attacked in the cities of Bogra and Noakhali.The Bangladesh Editors’ Council voiced concern about the attacks in a press release yesterday and urged the country’s political parties to get their activists to stop targeting journalists. The statement also stressed the importance of active and independent media in a democratic society. The Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) issued a similar statement.These attacks are the worst that the media have had to endure in the past eight years. Bangladesh is ranked 144th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Receive email alerts to go further February 26, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Polarcus gets second seismic project cancellation this week


first_imgFor the second time this week, marine seismic player Polarcus has received a project termination for a previously awarded seismic acquisition project.Source: PolarcusThe project in question is a 3D marine seismic acquisition survey offshore West Africa, awarded back in November 2018.At the time, the company did not reveal any details on the client nor on the value of the deal. The award comprised two surveys of approximately three months each, with the first survey in the second quarter of 2019 and the second survey in the fourth quarter of 2019.Polarcus said on Friday that the client had decided to cease operations on the project and that the contract had been terminated.According to the company, the client has accepted that the compensation for early termination is payable in these circumstances.Polarcus added that it was engaged in discussions for alternative project opportunities. The company also stated that it expected its vessel utilization in the second quarter of 2020 to be negatively impacted.It is also worth reminding that the first cancellation Polarcus received was on Monday when a client canceled an XArray marine seismic acquisition project in the Asia Pacific region.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara slams 17th century, delivers Australia the knock-out blow in Boxing Day Test


first_imgNew Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara continued his magnificent form in the current series against Australia as he stroked his 17th century and his second in the tour to propel India to a strong position on day 2 of the Boxing Day Test against Australia. Pujara notched up the landmark in grand style as he danced down the track to Nathan Lyon, his chief tormentor in the series, and thumped him to the long-off fence to bring up the landmark. Pujara’s joyous celebrations summed up the mood as to how desperately he wanted to hit a century in Melbourne and his century partnership with India skipper Virat Kohli has put the Australian bowlers under immense pressure.On day 1, Pujara had focused primarily on stonewalling the Australian pacers and he ensured India did not suffer any jolts on a wicket that was good for batting. Pujara’s magnificent partnerships with Mayank Agarwal, who scored a fifty on debut and Kohli have given India the right platform for a big score. On occasions where the Australian pacers bowled some loose deliveries, Pujara capitalised. He drove a full ball from Pat Cummins to the long-off fence and he also pounced on the short balls, upper-cutting one Mitchell Starc delivery to the third man fence.Read More | India vs Australia, live cricket score, day 2: Pujara blasts 100Pujara continued to play straight and took minimal risks. He played Lyon well by using his feet and getting to the pitch of the ball with ease. He continued to be at ease against the short ball, employing the cut shot well against Josh Hazlewood and Cummins and finding the gaps at deep backward point.Read More | 6 wickets, 4 runs and 15 balls: How Trent Boult ripped apart Sri LankaThe right-hander’s second century in the series, following his match-winning ton in Adelaide, was the fourth instance when Pujara has scored two centuries in a series. In the series against England at home in 2012, Pujara hit 206*and 135. He repeated the feat again against England in 2016 at home when he hit 124 and 119 in Rajkot and Vizag. Pujara’s feat of scoring two centuries in a series overseas came in Sri Lanka in 2017 when he smashed 153 and 133 in Galle and Colombo (SSC).Pujara’s brilliant 123 and 71 in the Adelaide Test helped India win by 31 runs and it was the first time that India had won the first match of the series in a Test series in Australia. After a rare low score in Perth, Pujara has bounced back in style and India are on their way to dominating the Boxing Day Test in Australia. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more