first_img February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today urged interior minister Altaf Hossain Chowdhury to rescind an arrest warrant issued for Shawkat Milton, the correspondent of the daily Janakantha in the southern city of Barisal, who was forced to go into hiding on 12 March in order to avoid arrest.”This is not the first time that this courageous journalist had been the target of harassment by the authorities and politicians,” Reporters Without Borders said. In the past two years, he has been arrested once and physically attacked or threatened at least five times.Milton left his home on 12 March after learning that the local police had received an arrest warrant from Dhaka. He confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that he went into hiding for fear that he would be arrested. It was not known what charges Milton was facing.Janakantha has recently carried several reports by Milton on this week’s mayoral elections in Barisal in which the candidates include Mujibar Rahman Sarwar, a parliamentary leader of the ruling BNP party and associate of the home affairs state minister. One of Milton’s reports raised question about the methods Sarwar has used in the campaign. These reports annoyed Sarwar and other local BNP leaders, who reacted by calling for Milton’s arrest.On 7 September 2002, Milton was attacked by young BNP activists in Barisal and had to be hospitalised in Dhaka with serious injuries to both arms. Follow the news on Bangladesh RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage RSF_en Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists News Newscenter_img News Organisation Receive email alerts to go further BangladeshAsia – Pacific News March 17, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Janakantha correspondent goes into hiding to avoid arrest May 19, 2021 Find out more February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more