Underground Maoist group admits responsibility for journalist’s murder and threatens nine others

first_img RSF_en January 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Underground Maoist group admits responsibility for journalist’s murder and threatens nine others Follow the news on Bangladesh February 26, 2021 Find out more to go further News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information An underground Maoist organisation has admitted responsibility for the murder of a BBC stringer and in a letter, apparently from its leader, threatened to kill nine more named journalists in the region.Manik Saha died instantly when a bomb was thrown at his head in a street in Khulna in the country’s south-west on 15 January.Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) called on the authorities, in particular the interior minister, to continue to explore every avenue to track down and punish Saha’s killers.The international press freedom organisation added that it believed that the death threats again nine other journalists should “unfortunately” be taken very seriously. “Khulna police should do everything possible to protect the nine journalists who are under death threat,” it added.Reporters Without Borders has for several years denounced the activities of Bangladesh’s underground Maoist groups.Gaffar Tushar, leader of the Maoist group, “The People’s War” admitted responsibility for murdering Manik Saha, correspondent for the daily New Age and stringer for the Bengali service of the BBC World Service, in a letter sent to the Khulna regional press club on 22 January.This dissident faction of the Proletarian Party of East Bengal threatened to kill nine journalists in Satkhira, a town a few kilometres west of Khulna). Those named as under threat were: Mizamur Rahman, Kallayan Banerjee, Subash Chowdhury, Ram Krishna, Shahin Goldar, Kazi Dulal, Abul Kalam, Abdul Bari and M. Raju, all local correspondents for Dhaka-based dailies, who have written about the armed group’s illegal activities, in particular extortion. The journalists have all asked for police protection.A few days earlier the Daily Star revealed that anonymous telephone calls had been made to several journalists in Khulna in which Saha was described as an “enemy of the revolution”.The journalist’s murder prompted a two-day general strike in Khulna on 16 and 17 January. Information minister Tariqul Islam, who went to the town, promised to leave no stone unturned to find and punish those responsible. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activistscenter_img Organisation News RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News May 19, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

West Indies lauds success of US T20s!

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Officials hopeful that the Florida matches will prompt further interest in cricket in the US.MIAMI, United States, Friday July 06, 2012 – Officials and players have hailed the success of last weekend’s two Digicel Twenty20 Internationals between West Indies and New Zealand at the Central Broward Regional Park in Florida.West Indies Cricket Board president Dr Julian Hunte described the success of the matches as an exciting prospect for the game not only in the West Indies, but around the world.“We are delighted that the two matches in the United States were so successful,” he said.“We are extremely grateful for the major efforts undertaken by the Friends of Broward County, the United States Cricket Association, as well as Broward County itself.“We have been very impressed with the Central Broward Regional Park. The two teams were made to feel extremely welcomed by the people of South Florida, and we felt the two matches were a spectacular advertisement for the game.”Hunte expressed the hope that the matches would help spur further interest in the game in the United States.“This was a bold expansion of the Digicel 2012 Series beyond the shores of the Caribbean, and we are excited to have brought the game back to the scores of West Indies fans in North America,” he said.“Given the huge number of West Indians who live in the United States and neighbouring countries, as well as the commercial possibilities both for West Indies cricket and the game, this was long overdue.”Members of the West Indies team also hailed the success of the matches in the United States.“The atmosphere was good,” said talismanic opener Chris Gayle, whose batting in the two matches earned him the Digicel Man-of-the-Series award.“It was a huge advantage for us, the way the fans came out and supported us so that helped to make us feel relaxed and at home.”West Indies captain Darren Sammy added: “Thanks to the crowd for coming out and supporting us, it felt like we were at home.“The way the fans came out and supported us over the weekend made us feel at home. It felt like we could be in Jamaica or St Lucia, so we can safely say South Florida is ‘home’ for us.”West Indies coach Ottis Gibson said he was thrilled his side responded to the crowd support and played attractively to win the two matches handsomely.“There was a hell of a lot of people here who came to see us perform in the United States,” he said. “It was good that we could put on a good display for them and it gave us a good start to this Digicel Series against New Zealand.”Caribbean 360 News Tweetcenter_img InternationalNewsSports West Indies lauds success of US T20s! by: – July 6, 2012 Share 46 Views   no discussionslast_img read more