44 citizens protest against police raid on New Age office
Forty-four eminent citizens on Monday in a statement protested against the police raid on New Age office in the capital on December 28, 2014.
‘The operation was not a stray incident, rather it was done in a planned manner to frighten news media as the part of continuing repression on citizen rights,’ they said in the statement.
The statement read, ‘Without giving any reason, such a police action was serious threat to the objective journalism and the freedom of press.’
It said, ‘We also assume that the operation not only targeted a courageous and outspoken editor and his daily but also posed alarming message to the freedom of expression and citizen rights.’
They also demanded punishment of the police officials for the ‘censurable incident.’
‘We also demand the responsible authorities must apologise for the incident,’ they said.
The statement was signed, among others, by Dhaka University teachers CR Abrar, Asif Nazrul and Gitiara Nasreen, photographer Shahidul Alam, Jahangirnagar University teachers Anu Mohammad, Naseem Akhter Hussain, Enamul Haque Khan, ATM Atiqur Rahman and Arifa Sultana, United States’ Grand Valley State University teacher Azfar Hussain, Chittagong University teacher Sadaf Noor-e Islam, and right defenders Rahnuma Ahmed and Hana Shams Ahmed.
On December 28, 2014, a group of police led by Tejgaon industrial police station officer-in-charge Salahuddin stormed New Age premises in the peak hours of the newspaper at about 8:25pm without giving any reason.
Salahuddin said that he had ‘information of serious nature’ for which they needed to search the newspaper office.
He also threatened the newsmen saying that they would need to face dire consequences.[ Editor:yfs001]