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RU campus journalist jailed, BSMRSTU press club demands unconditional release

BSMRSTU correspondent: Manik Raihan Bappi, Jugantar representative of Rajshahi University and former president of RU Press Club, has been arrested and sent to court in a case under the Information Technology Act (ICT).

Journalists working at the Press Club of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University of Science and Technology have strongly condemned and protested the incident and demanded his unconditional release.

Tariq Litu, president of the BSMRSTU Press Club, and Tanbir Alam Khan, general secretary, made the demand in a joint statement on behalf of the BSMRSTU Press Club on Monday (November 16th) morning.

In a statement, the journalist leaders said harassment, arrests and imprisonment of journalists using the controversial IT Act were not new. There are also cases of ‘shameless threats of harassment’ using such controversial laws when the truth goes against the news. We are deeply concerned about the case against journalist Manik Raihan Bappi for publishing news and arresting him and sending him to jail.

Undoubtedly this is another black chapter against freedom of thought and speech. We believe that, ideally, the university is a fertile ground for free expression and the pursuit of true-beautiful-independent knowledge.

We demand the immediate withdrawal of the charges against journalist Manik Raihan Bappi and his unconditional release under the controversial 7 laws against the Constitution and Democratic Fundamental Rights.

According to a report published in Bangla Tribune on November 14, journalist Manik Raihan Bappi was arrested from his home in Shibganj, Chapainawabganj on the evening of November 13.

He was later sent to jail by the court on November 14. Earlier, in October 2015, a report was published against Kazi Zahidur Rahman, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Shaheed Suhrawardy Hall of Rajshahi University (RU), alleging unethical demands from students to allocate seats in the hall.

It is learned that he got angry and filed a case against the journalists under the controversial Information and Technology Act.

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