first_img BangladeshAsia – Pacific April 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for detained blogger’s immediate release News Photo : nacionred.com Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further News Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage BangladeshAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more February 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the baseless judicial proceedings brought against the detained blogger Asif Mohiuddin, who could be tried and convicted on a charge of blasphemy and “hurting religious sentiments” at his next hearing, scheduled for 15 April.“Keeping Mohiuddin in detention is unacceptable, especially as his family says his health has deteriorated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must stop trying to appease the extremists and must end this persecution of ‘secularist’ bloggers.“We hail Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s decision on 8 April to reject a request by Islamist groups to pass a new law punishing blasphemy, but much remains to be done to defuse the climate of intolerance and violence that is targeting news providers.”Bangladesh’s criminal code already punishes blasphemy, by making it illegal to offend religious feelings and there are laws that allow the authorities to seize and ban any publication with blasphemous content. Anyone hurting religious sentiments “deliberately” or with “malicious intent” can be jailed under Section 295A of the criminal code, which dates back to 1860. Mohiuddin was summoned before the Detective Branch in Dhaka on 3 April and has been held ever since in response to a call from Hifazat-e-Islam, a group demanding the punishment of all secularist bloggers who “insult Islam and its Prophet Mohamed.”Although a judge initially ordered a three-day custody period, Mohiuddin remained in detention after a request by his lawyer, Alauddin Molla, for his release on bail was rejected. Mohiuddin’s next opportunity for release is the hearing scheduled for 15 April.He has been charged under article 54 of the 1898 Criminal Procedure Code, which carries a possible 10-year jail sentence and fine of up to 10 million takas (100,000 euros).As well as failing to release him, the Detective Brach refused to comply with a judge’s order on 4 April to hospitalize him. A request by the head of the National Commission for Human Rights to take him to Central Jail Hospital was also reportedly refused on 10 April.The police first arrested Mohiuddin on 1 October 2011, releasing him after 18 hours after they made him promise to put a stop to his blogging.Four people were meanwhile arrested on 1 April on suspicion of trying to murder Mohiuddin on 14 January, when he was stabbed on a Dhaka street. They have reportedly confessed to carrying out a religiously-motivated attack.Attention began to focus on bloggers during demonstrations by anti-Islamist activists demanding the death penalty for those convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity during the 1971 independence war. Reported by activists online, the protests began when an International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami leader Abdul Quader Mollah to life imprisonment on 5 February.Hifazat-e-Islam, an extremist group based in the southeastern city of Chittagong, began to react a few days later, branding the bloggers covering or participating in the protests as “atheists” and “enemies of Islam.” They urged the authorities to stop the demonstrations and to punish ten bloggers, including Mohiuddin. News Follow the news on Bangladesh News Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention May 19, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activistslast_img read more


first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. This month’s newsHuman rights Dr Gulleford also gave a paper on the Human Rights Act. This legislation iscreating a great deal of media and public interest but in terms of substantivelaw it creates little that is new, he said. Its main function is to repatriate theEuropean Convention on Human Rights into English law. Bringing the conventionhome as it was put in the government White Paper on the subject. The reasonthat many are predicting an explosion in litigation as a result of the aboverepatriation is that a major procedural bar has been removed in that applicantscan seek redress in the domestic courts. Mobile concerns Exposure to radio waves from mobile phones and base stations was the topicchosen by Dr Simon Mann of the National Radiological Protection Board. His talkset out NRPB’s scientific position over the twin issues of exposure to theradio waves when using mobile phone handsets and when living or working nearthe antennas of mobile phone base stations. Risky business Dr Robin Foster, Risk Assessment Policy Unit, HSE, gave a presentation ondevelopments and influences in risk assessment. His presentation ranged widelyover a variety of topical risk issues and illustrated the procedures the HSEadopts to bring these factors together in ensuring that risks from workactivities are properly controlled. NewsOn 1 Jan 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more


first_imgThere are a number of horror stories that come along with a rigorous tour schedule, as any established band will tell you. It’s something all up-and-coming bands must go through in order to “make it” to a point of respect, almost like a fraternity/sorority’s “rush” to becoming part of the music industry’s universe. Sometimes that means getting stuck in stand-still traffic on the side of the highway in the middle of North Carolina on Mother’s Day. What else to do, but to break out the drum kit and put on a show?The Main Squeeze, Spafford, Aqueous, And More To Play First Ever Canyon Jam At The MishawakaThat’s the direction The Main Squeeze were heading until the cars finally started to move. Drummer Reuben Gingrich delivered the commuters who were also stranded on the highway with just over a minute of rock solace. Watch the impromptu pop-up jam below:The Main Squeeze recently released their fourth studio effort, Without A Sound. The album serves as a musical snapshot for the band, capturing their experience of relocating from The Windy City to the City of Angels. Listen to the album here.Coincidentally, it’s also Reuben’s birthday today AND he just released his debut solo album Blue Island. You can purchase it here, and stream it below:The Main Squeeze are just over half way through with their tour, heading toward Washington, DC on May 17th, then making their way up the east coast. Check out the full schedule below:last_img read more


first_img Joseph Gordon-Levitt Like MacFarlane, Gordon-Levitt has never starred in a musical before, so having him tackle a leading role live on TV is admittedly a risk. But did you see him nail “Make ‘Em Laugh” live on SNL? We think he’s definitely up to the task. View Comments Norbert Leo Butz This two-time Tony winner had charisma coming out his ears in Broadway’s Big Fish (and, let’s face it, in every role he’s ever played) so we think he’d be a fantastic choice to win over the town of River City, Iowa, as the smooth-talking Harold Hill. Seth MacFarlane The Family Guy creator already proven his penchant for the patter: He sang “Ya Got Trouble” on BBC’s Proms and has rocked “The Sadder But Wiser Girl” at his concerts. We hope Fox will let NBC borrow him for the evening, because he’s been our top choice to play Harold Hill for years! Santino Fontana After surprising us with his vocal chops in Cinderella, we’d love to see Act One star Santino Fontana organize a boys’ marching band for the fine folks of River City. But if this happens, NBC, you must make us a deal: Laura Osnes will play Marian “the Librarian” Paroo. This is absolutely non-negotiable. Star Filescenter_img Gavin Creel Two-time Tony nominee Gavin Creel just snagged an Olivier Award for his performance in The Book of Mormon in the West End, and we think it’s high time he made a trip home. Now that he’s traveled the world as a Mormon missionary, it’s the perfect opportunity for him to make a pit stop in Iowa and swindle unsuspecting townsfolks! May we have your attention please: NBC is airing a live telecast of The Music Man in 2015! We’re so excited we could break out our 76 trombones and 110 cornets right here, but first, there is some very important business to discuss. Who will be playing fast-talking con man Harold Hill?! There are a couple of ground rules: He must be dreamy, bursting with charisma, and a smooth schmoozer that can talk his way out of anything. NBC, we have five great Harold Hills we’d love to submit for your approval. Check out our top choices, then leave your own ideas in the comments below! Santino Fontana Norbert Leo Butzlast_img read more