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Media group seeks probe into Bangladesh journalist`s death

Global media watchdog Reporters Without Borders on Saturday urged Bangladesh`s prime minister to order a probe into the death of a veteran journalist who died after being attacked.



Dhaka: Global media watchdog Reporters
Without Borders on Saturday urged Bangladesh`s prime minister to
order a probe into the death of a veteran journalist who died
after being attacked.

Foteh Osmani, a correspondent of Bangladesh`s top
weekly Shaptahik 2000, died earlier in the week from injuries
suffered when unidentified armed assailants attacked him when
he was riding on a motorcycle two weeks earlier.

In a letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina, the rights group expressed concern about the incident,
saying it "cast doubt" on the government`s desire to ensure a
favourable media environment.

"We urge you to order an exhaustive investigation into
Foteh Osmani`s murder in order to establish the identity and
motives of those responsible and bring them to justice," the
group`s secretary-general Jean-Frangois Julliard said.

Osmani`s "assailants clearly set an ambush for him
even if their motives are not yet known," Julliard said in the
letter.

Shaptahik 2000 is the South Asian country`s
highest-circulation Bengali weekly and is known for its
hard-hitting investigative reports on corruption and social
problems.

Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said it was also
troubled by the government`s "sudden decision" to close down
privately-owned Channel 1 television station after it violated
the country`s telecommunications laws.

The telecommunications regulator shut down the channel
earlier in the week after it was found guilty of using
broadcast equipment as collateral for loans.

The media group`s secretary general said while it
seemed clear that the channel did "bend the rules," the action
by the regulator was "a violation of media freedom."

The media watchdog urged Hasina to allow the
Bangladeshi channel to continue broadcasting while it sorted
out its situation.

PTI

From Zee News

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