BANGLADESH: Mortal Danger for Journalists Continues

It took a serious Spanish media outlet to shine light on the latest anti-media atrocity in this country

Recently Eurasia Review: News and Analysis, an independent news outlet based in Spain, has reported that yet another Bangladeshi journalist has been killed.

Talhad Ahmed Kabid was a reporter with the Bangladeshi newspaper, Dainik Narsingdi Bani, who was shot by three or four gunmen at his own mobile phone shop.  The gunmen were unidentified but the Narsingdi district police are said to be hot on the trail of those involved in the crime. Although the circumstances and motives behind 30-year old Kabid’s murder are not yet known, the Press Freedom Organization — an international consortium of news-media nonprofits — stated that a link to the journalist’s work “could not be ruled out.” The group also expressed that, “a serious investigation must be undertaken so that a crime like this does not remain unpunished.”

Unfortunately, however, many crimes involving the murder of journalists in Bangladesh have not been solved, and many criminals walk free. In February, journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi were murdered, as was journalist Jamal Uddin in June of 2012. The danger surrounding these journalists has landed Bangladesh the 129th spot out of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index.

One can only hope that the justice these reporters deserve is someday achieved.

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