Murder of journalist Muzakkir: CPJ calls for speedy trial of criminals
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on the Bangladeshi authorities to quickly identify the killer of journalist Borhan Uddin Muzakkir and bring him to justice. The US-based company made the call in a statement on its official website on Monday. It said about nine people were shot dead during a shootout between police and armed protesters in Kompaniganj in the southern Noakhali district on February 19. At that time, an unidentified gunman came and shot Muzakkir. He later died at the hospital.
Aliy Iftikhar, CPJ’s senior researcher on Asia, said, “We are deeply saddened by the death of Borhan Uddin Muzakkir.” He was working to bring important information about the politics of Bangladesh. The Bangladeshi authorities must quickly investigate Muzakkir’s murder and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The CPJ has emailed the Bangladeshi police for comment. However, no immediate response was received. In addition, the CPJ has tried to contact the media outlet called Barta Bazar in which Muzakki was working. However, they did not respond. Mozakki was also associated with another media outlet called Bangladesh Samachar. The CPJ did not find any contact information for them, the statement said. It added that, according to CPJ’s research, journalists in Bangladesh have been attacked, prosecuted and imprisoned in the past year as well.