NEPMCC adopts motion on journalists and children attacked in Bangladesh
Muhammad Ali Bukhari from Toronto:
The National Ethnic Press and Media Council of Canada (NEPMCC) has adopted a motion on the torture against Daily Amar Desh editor Mahmudur Rahman, internationally acclaimed photo-journalist Shahidul Alam and school children demonstrating for road safety in Bangladesh. The motion was adopted unanimously during the NEPMCC’s monthly general meeting on August 13 at the New City Hall in Toronto while President Mr. Thomas S. Saras was in the chair. The motion was presented for discussion by the organization’s Ombudsman as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the Persian Mirror Dr. Mohammad Tajdolati.
The motion was duly seconded by one of the editors of the Philippines Reporter, Mrs. Mila Garcia, who fled Manila in 1984 after she was released along with her husband from military camps under the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos for reporting on the rampant exploitation of peasants and the corruption in rural Philippines.
The motion contains condemnation on the brutal attack on Editor Mahmudur Rahman in court premises, the arrest, detention and alleged torture of photojournalist Shahidul Alam, targeted attacks on journalists in Bangladesh and the pro-government youth activists-led attack on students with clubs. It also urges the Bangladeshi government to immediately release Shahidul Alam and step up to prevent attacks on journalists and children.