Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) on Tuesday demanded the release
of detained journalist Probir Sikdar immediately.
BFUJ president Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, its secretary general Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, DUJ president Altaf Mahmud and its general secretary Kuddus Afrad made the demand in a joint statement.
In the statement, the journalist leaders also condemned the remand of Probir Sikdar following his arrest.
They demanded withdrawal of the case filed against him under the Information and Communication Technology Act, the statement said.
Expressing surprise that no lawyers of Faridpur stood for Probir, the journalists urged the government to ensure proper legal aid for him.
Earlier, members of the Detective Branch of police picked up Probir Sikdar, the owner of online newspaper ‘Uttaradhikar Ekattor News’, from his Indira Road office in the capital on Sunday evening.
The detectives took him to the DB office at Minto Road in the capital for interrogation, citing he was feeling insecure.
Shortly afterwards, a case was filed with Kotwali Police Station of Faridpur against the journalist under the ICT Act.
Swapan Paul, adviser to the Puja Udjapan Committee of Faridpur, filed the case with Kotwali Police Station around 11pm.
The plaintiff in his case statement said Probir in a Facebook status claimed to be under threat and that LGRD Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moosa bin Shamser and condemned fugitive war criminal Abul Kalam Azad would be responsible if he was killed.
A court on Tuesday put the journalist on a three-day remand in the case.