BY Anwar Hossain; Bangladesh goes down! Yes, in the 2013 Press Freedom Index published by the Reporters Without Borders, Bangladesh went 15 steps down from 129 to 144, out of 179 countries in the world.
In 2009, When the Bangladesh Awami League formed government, Bangladesh stood 121 out of 179. And next year in 2010 it came to 126. Again in 2011-2012 it went to 129. But the highest fall observed by this media watchdog is in this year 2013, 15 steps, from 129 it came to 144.
It could be noted that according to Reporters Without Borders report, 4 Journalist were murdered in Bangladesh in 2012. Many were subjected to arrest and torture. End of the year a blogger named Asif Mohiuddin were stabbed by unidentified persons.
Two TV journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi (husband-and-wife) were killed in their apartment Dhaka on February 11, last year.
Journalist Jamal Uddin has been murdered in Sharsha, a subdistrict of the southwestern district of Jessore, June 15. A reporter for the Jessore-based Bengali-language newspaper Gramer Kagoj, he stabbed and hacked to death by a group of men in a market.
Talhad Ahmed Kabid, a reporter with the Bangladeshi newspaper Dainik Narsingdi Bani, was shot dead on 23 October by unidentified armed men in Shalidah area in the western town of Narsingdi.
No one has been charged with the murders of journalists in Bangladesh. Reporters Without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists has condemned all killings of journalists in Bangladesh.