BICN 2-15 November 2000
Volume 4 Number 5
From the Editor
Letter to Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina from the
Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)
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Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond
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From the Editor
It’s getting busier and busier around my house, how about you? The weather
is cooling off, the holiday season is approaching fast, everything is just
humming along. No hartals yet!
Letter to Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina from the Committee to Protect
October 30, 2000
Committee to Protect Journalists 330 Seventh Avenue -- 12th floor New York,
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is greatly alarmed that a minister
in your government has threatened journalists reporting in the flood-ravaged
district of Satkhira, where two journalists were attacked recently for their
coverage of the misuse of disaster relief funds.
On October 25, Minister for Social Welfare Mozammel Hossain encouraged ruling
party members to attack the press: "Wherever you will find journalists,
break their bones," Hossain said in a closed-door session with Awami League
activists and local officials, according to local press accounts confirmed by
CPJ. Several journalists in Satkhira have gone into hiding for fear of attack,
according to the Dhaka-based Media Watch.
Hossain, who is the federal official in charge of overseeing relief orations
in Satkhira, was reacting to press reports that ruling party embers have
siphoned money intended to help the victims of severe flooding in southwestern
Even before Hossain made his provocative remarks, local journalists had
complained of threats and intimidation by activists from the Awami Jubo League,
the youth wing of the ruling party. On October 20, a group of Jubo League
activists assaulted Sohrab Hossain, a reporter with the regional
Bengali-language daily Loksamaj, after he had written an article about problems
with the government's flood relief efforts. In response to a complaint filed by
the journalist, police arrested Jubo League leader Nurul Islam. However, Islam
was swiftly released after Awami League activists besieged the police station
and staged a demonstration to protest his detention.
On October 26 at around 7:30 p.m., a group led by local Awami League leader
Asadul Haq-a village chairman in Debhata Upazila, a sub-district of Satkhira-ransacked
the office of the local daily Satkhirar Chitro, and assaulted Anisur Rahim, the
newspaper's editor. The attack followed the newspaper's reporting on the
misappropriation of disaster relief funds. The assailants clubbed Rahim's face,
hands, and legs, and the journalist had to be taken to the Satkhira General
Hospital for treatment.
As a nonpartisan organization of journalists dedicated to the defense of our
colleagues around the world, CPJ condemns these politically orchestrated attacks
against the press in Satkhira. Local journalists have sent a formal letter to
Your Excellency requesting the withdrawal of Mozammel Hossain from his posting
in Satkhira following his irresponsible and reckless remarks. The appeal also
named several other local political leaders who have publicly disparaged the
press for their critical reporting of flood relief efforts.
CPJ regrets that during Your Excellency's October 26 visit to Satkhira, no
member of your staff met with local journalists to address their security
We respectfully urge you to order an immediate investigation into the attacks
against Sohrab Hossain and Anisur Rahim, and to pledge publicly that your
administration will do everything in its power to ensure that those who use
force to silence and intimidate the press will be brought to justice. As the
leader of the Awami League, Your Excellency must guarantee that the party does
not continue to tolerate abuses committed by its members.
CPJ asks also that Your Excellency honor the requests made by journalists in
Satkhira, to guarantee their security and to recall Mozammel Hossain from his
post there pending a full inquiry into his role in directing violence against
We thank you for your attention to these urgent matters, and await your
Ann K. Cooper Executive Director
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Sunlight & Shadow Photographs of Bangladesh Forests by Ian Lockwood
at Drik Gallery. Daily 3-8pm 3-11 Nov, free admission.
From Drik Gallery:
“The idea behind this exhibition is to educate and stimulate interest in
the forests and natural history of Bangladesh. In 65 black and white
photographs, Ian depicts the unique forest ecosystems of Bangladesh. The
expectation is the visitors will leave with an understanding of the difficult
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Events Calendar, Dhaka & Beyond
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by Tues 14 Nov 00.
All events are in Dhaka unless otherwise noted. Entry to some events is
restricted, eg to members - contact event organizers for more information.
Sat 4 Nov - Relay Marathon/Half Marathon, International School Dhaka,
Basundhara, 8am start.
Wed 8 Nov - BWA Nearly New Clothes Sale & Monthly General Meeting. Get
your unwanted clothes washed, ironed, and on hangers with a suggested price tag.
Any unsold items will be donated to the Christmas Bazaar. Items of clothing may
be dropped during the day of the sale. Refreshment provided. A great fun
evening. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for venue.
Thu 9 Nov - Back to School Disco Party for ages 12+, American Club, 7-11 pm.
ARA members and guests. Tickets available before event from office and waiters.
10? 12? Nov Shab-E-Barat (subject to moon sighting). “Just a few weeks
before the beginning of Ramadan, Muslims observe Shab-E-Barat or the Night of
Fate. Muslims pray for throughout this night, women at home and men at the
mosque, appealing for guidance, forgiveness, and to clear their minds of evil
thoughts, and especially for God to give them a good fate for the next year.
Many Muslims fast the day before and the day following Shab-E-Barat, although
only one day of fasting is considered obligatory. Often special sweets and rice
flour chapattis are made for breaking the fast.” [Adapted from the Nov 2000
issue of Womun, the newsletter of the United Nation’s Women’s Association in
Tue 14 Nov - Deadline to submit items for next issue of BICN.
Late November & Beyond
Thu 16 Nov UNWA Newcomers Tea, 10:30am. Email email@example.com
Thu 16 Nov - Oktoberfest, German Club. Tickets Tk1100.
Thu 16 Nov - Dhaka International 5-A-Side Football 2000: Final registration
for adult soccer players. At the French School. Match will be on 1 Dec.
Fri 17 Nov - Marine Corps Ball, Sonargaon Hotel. Advance tickets Tk2000 at US
Fri 17 Nov - Christmas Bazaar, Canadian Club, 16-17 Gulshan Ave., 10 am-3 pm.
Entrance tickets are Tk30 adults, Tk20 for children 5-12 yrs.
Tue 17 Nov - International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Sat 18 Nov - Symposium, "Women & human rights - what are the issues
& how are they being addressed?" 2-5pm BRAC auditorium. Hosted by UNWA,
DAWC, BWA and other organisations - see BICN V4 N3 for details. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 18 Nov - BWA Outing to Workshop on Human Rights at the BRAC Center,
Mon 20 Nov UNWA member’s Indonesian lunch, 12 noon. Tk300, catered by
Liana. Email email@example.com for venue.
Tue 21 Nov - UNWA General Meeting, 3 pm. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed-Mon 22-27 Nov Human Rights Film & Cartoon Festival, British
Council (22-24 Nov in Chittagong, 25-27 Nov Dhaka). 12 films from South Asia and
other parts of the world, plus UNICEF’s cartoons for children’s rights a
collection produced by 80 animation studies in 25 countries. For details email email@example.com
Sat 25 Nov - International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women:
this year (2000) will be the first observance.
Sat 25 Nov UNWA Mymensingh trip. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mon 27 Nov Ramadan begins. “Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic
year, is the holy month of fasting ordained by the Koran for adult Muslims. The
fast was instituted so that believers may cultivate piety. During this month,
Muhammad received the first of the Koran’s revelations. The fast begins each
day at dawn and ends immediately at sunset. It is forbidden to eat, drink, or
smoke. Before retiring each night, special congregational prayers are offered
and passages of the Koran are recited. The fast is broken the day after the end
of Ramadan with special prayers and festivities.” [Adapted from the Nov 2000
issue of Womun, the newsletter of the United Nation’s Women’s Association in
Thu 30 Nov - The Dhaka Caledonian Society's Annual St. Andrews Night Ball, at
the British High Commission Club. Six course meal, Scottish Dancing and Disco.
Tickets are limited, so to avoid disappointment ACT NOW! Email either email@example.com
Fri 1 Dec - Christmas Bazaar, Nordic Club, 12 noon. Lunch, entertainment, and
Wed 15 Dec - BWA Christmas Murder Dinner.
Starts Fri 15 Dec - Chobi Mela Asian Photography Exhibition at the National
Museum. Runs for one month. Organized by Drik Gallery in cooperation with
Alliance Francaise, Goethe Institut, Royal Netherlands Embassy, British Council,
and Pathshala-The South Asian Institute of Photography. See BICN V4 N2 feature
article for more info. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sat 16 Dec Victory Day (Bangladesh holiday).
Thu 21 Dec - Jamat-ul-Bida (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
Sun 24 Dec - Shab-e-Qudar (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
Mon 25 Dec Chrismas (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
Wed-Sat 27-30 Dec Eid-ul-Fitr (Bangladesh holiday, subject to moon).
December: Convention, TechTransfer-2000:Bangladesh (TT2000:BD). See BICN V4
N3 for details. Info email email@example.com
14-16 Jan UK Trade & Education Fair 2001. Dhaka Sheraton. For trade
info email Jon Geddes, Commercial Section, British High Commission Dhaka, firstname.lastname@example.org
. For education info, contact Ripa Walie, education Promotion Manager at British
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WANTED TO RENT / HOUSESITTER AVAILABLE: Visiting scholar looking for a small
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