BANGLADESH: 25 repressed journos demand release of Janakantha editor

Journalist urge government to release editor on humanitarian grounds to seek medical treatment abroad

The Daily Star
Monday, September 29, 2008

A total of 25 repressed journalists in a joint statement yesterday demanded release of Atiqullah Khan Masud, editor of the daily Janakantha.

The journalists in the statement said Masud is now suffering from neurological problems, heart disease, intestinal disorder and kidney and eye complexities and undergoing treatment at the prison cell of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University.

Recently doctors have advised him to go abroad for better treatment, the journalists said and urged the government to release him on humanitarian grounds saying that his release on bail would not hamper the legal process of the charges framed against him.

They also said the daily Janakantha has also been into severe financial crisis because of the detention of its editor and so its journalists, employees and their family members are leading a miserable life.

Immediate release of Masud can be the only solution to this end, the journalists observed.

They also said the daily Janakantha always provided support to the repressed journalists and protested all kind of repression against journalists.

Signatories to the statement include Shahriar Kabir, Enamul Haq Chowdhury, Tipu Sultan, Sumi Khan, Showkat Milton, Shafiul Haq Mithu and Jahangir Alam Akash.