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

HOPE Program: 10 Years Later


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How a new brand transformed a retail branch look


first_imgBranding touches everything. Your people and your products.  Your boardroom and your break room. Your mission and your marketing. And especially your branches.Inspire Federal Credit Union offers an excellent example of a credit union where branding touched everything—and eventually its branches. Inspire recently completed a state of the art branch renovation (see pictures below) and is the first credit union in its area to offer this type of facility.The new branch features two 60-inch, high definition television screens, brand new “teller pods” that allow for tellers to connect more easily with members and a technology center that allows Inspire FCU’s financial experts to sit down with members and show them the credit union’s technology. Of course, the new branch also offers a renovated coffee station (members love free coffee!) that even features a special charging area for mobile devices.“We wanted to design the branch to meet the vision of how we want to serve our members going into the future,” said Inspire FCU’s CEO Jim Merrill. “We put a lot of thought about what we wanted that experience to be. We really wanted to create an environment for our members that is comfortable and allows us to give them the level of personal attention they need to meet their banking needs.” continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more