Journalists sit program in Gaibandha to protest false case
Press Club Gaibandha organized a pen break, camera down and stand program as part of the third day of the program to protest against the harassment false case against the editor of popular online news portal Dhakapost.com Mohiuddin Sarkar and Gaibandha representative Ripon Akander.
On Sunday (January 15) at 11 o’clock in the city Gorasthan intersection in front of the Press Club Gaibandha office this sit-in program was held for three hours. Press Club Gaibandha President Khaled Hossain presided over the ongoing protest program under the direction of General Secretary Javed Hossain, more than 150 journalists from several press clubs including Palashbari, Gobindganj and Phulchhari Upazila Press Clubs of Gaibandha were present.
In an emergency meeting at Press Club Gaibandha last Sunday (January 8) in protest against the filing of this false case of harassment, this pen break, camera down and location program was decided. Besides, according to the decision of the meeting, a human chain program was held in the district town on Tuesday (January 10) and a memorandum was given to the divisional commissioner on Thursday (January 12).
Press Club Gaibandha President Khaled Hossain, Senior Vice President Mizanur Rahman Raju, Vice President Shahjahan Siraj, Co-Organizing Secretary Jobaidur Rahman, Religious Affairs Secretary Salam Asheqi, Publicity and Publication Secretary Hasan Mostafa Zahid, Information and Technology Affairs Secretary Lal Chan Biswas spoke in the program. Sumon, Nazmul Hasan Ringku of Dainik Paribha Patrika, Sohrab Hossain Ceylon of Dainik Vajrashakti, Sirajul Islam Ratan, President of Palashbari Press Club, Ashraful Islam, President of Palashbari Reports Unity, Mehdi Hasan Babu, Vice President of Phulchhari Press Club, Kayshar Plaban of SA TV, Journalist Asaduzzaman Milan, Atikur of Global TV. Rahman Atiq Babu, Jalal Pramanik, Sadullapur Upazila Correspondent of Dainik Amar Sangbad, Shahidul Islam, Sadullapur Upazila Correspondent of Daily Umar Sangbad, Farhan Sheikh of CNN Bangla TV, Roshan Habib of Our New Times, Salauddin Kashem of Weekly Abiram, etc.
Apart from this, Ripon Akand, district representative of Dhaka Post and Press Club Gaibandha’s organizing secretary, and Robin Sen, district representative of Bangladesh Samachar Patrika and Senior Vice President of Press Club Gaibandha, gave speeches highlighting the main incidents of corruption and news in the protest program. At this time, demanding legal action against the chairman including immediate withdrawal of this case, the speakers said, about one and a half hundred journalists of the district are keeping their pens and cameras and are holding a sit-in program for half an hour against irregularities and harassing false cases. Today they are supposed to be in the field to fulfill their professional duties. If journalists and media are harmed in any way during the programme, then the corrupt people will have to take the responsibility.
The speakers pointed out multiple corruptions of the chairman and said that Chairman Mosabbir has been leading cow theft for a long time. He is also involved in all kinds of gambling in that union. He is a jail convict in a 2021 murder case.
In addition, the press club Gaibandha vice-president Robin Sen’s defamation case against Zilla Parishad Chairman Ataur Rahman’s son-in-law was also strongly protested and condemned. In addition, the formation of an investigation committee is also demanded for the incident. Incidentally, within the 55 thousand taka of TR allocated to the name of Noor Rahmat Jame Mosque located at Rostam junction of the Union under the second phase of Rural Infrastructure Maintenance (TR) general upazila development project of 2021-2022 fiscal year, the mosque committee With only 14,000 taka in hand, the remaining 41,000 taka was shared by the president of the project Mahbur Rahman, husband of the female member, six UP members and chairman Mosabbir. In addition, 57 thousand taka has been allocated in the name of Rehmat Jame Mosque in Jabal, Gopalpur, another project of the union. UP chairman Mosabbir made Abul Hossain, the president of that mosque committee, the project president and embezzled the remaining 32,000 taka by giving 25,000 taka to the mosque.
On November 16 last year, popular online news portal dhakapost.com published news under the title ‘Allegation of misappropriation of mosque money against UP Chairman’. When Chairman Mosabbi’s embezzlement of government funds for the renovation of the mosque was revealed in the media, a lot of excitement was created in the area. This caused widespread criticism on social media. Chairman Mosabbir filed a case against Dhaka Post editor Mohiuddin Sarkar and Gaibandha representative Ripon Akander under the Harassment, False Extortion and ICT Act to cover up such corruption.