UN concerned over arrest of Rozina Islam


We are looking into the matter, Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary general, said on Tuesday

The United Nations (UN) has said journalist Rozina Islam’s arrest is obviously “something concerning,” noting that journalists need to be able to do their work free of any sort of harassment or physical threat anywhere around the world.

“Look, I’ve seen…We’ve seen the press reports on the journalist that was arrested in Bangladesh.

“It’s, obviously, something that we’re looking at. It’s something that’s concerning,” said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary general, in a regular briefing on Tuesday.
The spokesperson said their position has been clear and obviously that includes Bangladesh and every other country.

“I think we’ve seen the very important work that journalists all around the world have done during the pandemic, and they need to be able to continue that work, wherever they may work,” he said.

Health Ministry officials turned Islam over to police on Monday after confining her at the office of Saiful Islam Bhuiyan, the personal secretary to the Health Services Division secretary for five hours.
She was later sued under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act and the Penal Code for “theft and photographing” of official documents.

On Tuesday, a Dhaka court turned down police’s appeal to quiz Islam in custody for five days.

The renowned journalist will be detained in jail until the next hearing of her bail petition on Thursday.

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