The publication of Bengali daily Amar Desh
was closed as the government cancelled the declaration of the newspaper Tuesday night.
he cancellation of the declaration came after a day-long drama in which Amar Desh publisher Hasmat Ali was allegedly detained by the National Security Intelligence and freed after six hours before he sued its acting editor Mahmudur Rahman on charges of cheat, impersonation and defamation.(The New Age BD )
The police sealed off the press of Amar Desh in Tejgaon industrial area about 11:00pm, said a journalist of the newspaper.
The police, however, allowed the distribution of two other newspapers printed from the press, but no copies of Amar Desh, the journalist said adding that about 4,000 copies of the newspaper had already been printed by the time.
Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and Dhaka Union of Journalists called a protest rally at the National Press Club and procession at 11:00am today in protest against the governmentï¿½s action against Amar Desh.
city editor Zahed Chowdhury said that they were forced by the police to close the publication, although they had not received the order of the cancellation of its declaration till 1:30am.
An official of the Dhaka deputy commissionerï¿½s office asked the newspaper over telephone to close the publication saying that its declaration had been cancelled, he
ï¿½All you know that I had taken charge of Amar Desh
during the toughest time it faced two years ago and all the authorities concerned were informed of it and the Department of Films and Publications issued a ï¿½no-objection certificateï¿½ on November 3, 2009.
We also wrote letters to the deputy commissioner and other officials concerned, requesting them to give us permission to change the names of the printer and the publisher, but there was no response,ï¿½ he
ï¿½The government is doing all this to close down Amar Desh
And it will do so if the newsmen do not get united and resist the moveï¿½ Incidentally, this action on the first day of June reminds me of June 16, 1975 when all but four newspapers were closed down by the Awami League government,ï¿½ he