Sunday, November 27, 2005

Babor-Predator of the Bangladesh press

Lutfozzaman Babor

There are instigators and powerful people behind press freedom violations whose responsibility is not always apparent. Whether presidents, ministers, chiefs of staff, religious leaders or the heads of armed groups, these predators of press freedom have the power to censor, imprison, kidnap, torture and, in the worst cases, murder journalists. To better expose them, Reporters Without Borders has produced these portraits.

photo: Lutfozzaman Babor, state minister for Home Affairs, Bangladesh

The ruling alliance of conservatives and Islamists to which Lutfozzaman Babor belongs has proved unable to put a stop to the daily violence against the press. Since he arrived at the home ministry, more than 200 journalists have been physically attacked or threatened, most of them by activists with the parties in power. Police under his authority used and abused repressive laws and unfounded allegations to arrest 10 journalists in 2004. And by protecting a number of criminals, the home minister also shares the blame for the prevailing climate of impunity. #

source: Predators of Press Freedom, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Paris