BANGLADESH: Prothom Alo sued for news on Mamun's pole business

Reporters for the newspaper are sued for defamation

The Daily Star
Monday, January 29, 2007

A Dhaka court directed Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman, Publisher Mahfuz Anam and two staff reporters of the daily to appear before it on February 8 after the general manager of Khamba Ltd, on behalf of the company's Managing Director Giasuddin Al Mamun, filed a defamation case against them yesterday.

Metropolitan Magistrate Selina Akhter passed the order after the case was filed with the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate's (CMM's) Court.

The two other defendants are Hanif Mahmud and Hassan Iman Rubel.

In his complaint, Siraj mentioned that the Prothom Alo published a news headlined ''Mamun's khamba (electricity poles) business of Tk 100 crores from a fake addresses'' on November 28 last year.

Seeking arrest warrants against the accused, he claimed the news of the daily was false, fabricated and concocted and it was run to tarnish Mamun's image in the society.

However, according to the law, only the person who has lost reputation, name and fame for newspaper reports or anyone's behaviour can file defamation cases.

On January 21, Siraj, on behalf of Mamun, filed a similar case with the CMM's court against the Jugantor editor, publisher and its proprietor for allegedly running a defamatory news item.

The court, however, ordered a judicial inquiry into the matter.