17th Jan 2023 | Get in Lamka, by Nava Thakuria,Guwahati.
Bangla journalist killed, PEC demands probe and justice
Geneva: New year brings sad news as a young Bangladeshi journalist was
killed in the first half of 2023. Ashikul Islam (27), who worked for
Dainik Parjabekshon from Brahmanbaria locality (which is adjacent to
India’s north-eastern State of Tripura) was hacked to death on 9
January by a group of miscreants. Press Emblem Campaign (PEC), the
global media safety and rights body, condemned the killing and
demanded a fair probe to book the culprits under the law.
“We have just passed a deadly year for working journalists with 116
casualties across the world. Ukraine has lost 34 media persons
followed by Mexico (17), Haiti (8), Pakistan (6), Philippines (5),
Colombia, India (4 each), Bangladesh, Israel/Palestine, Honduras,
Yemen (3 each), etc in 2022,” said Blaise Lempen, president of PEC
(www.pressemblem.ch). Urging Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
for a high level enquiry to investigate the motive of perpetrators,
Lempen also called for an international convention over the matter of
PEC’s south Asia representative Nava Thakuria reveals that Ashiqul was
returning home attending an evening function when he was targeted by a
group of assailants. The culprits left Ashiqul seriously injured. He
was taken to a nearby hospital by onlookers, but soon succumbed to
wounds. The Bangla police have arrested at least one individual
suspecting his involvement with the murder and investigating the
motive of killers.
Last year, Bangladesh lost journalists Hashibur Rahaman Rubel,
Mohiuddin Sarker Nayeem and Abdul Bari to assailants. On the other
hand, India witnessed the murder of Rohit Kumar Biswal, Sudhir Saini,
Juned Khan Pathan and Subhash Kumar Mahato. Pakistan lost Sadaf Naeem,
Arshad Sharif, Muhammad Younis, Iftikhar Ahmed, Hasnain Shah, Murtaza
Shar and Athar Mateen in different incidents. Similarly, Myanmar lost
photojournalist Aye Kyaw and reporter Pu Tui Dim to the relentless
military atrocities during 2022.