Bangladesh: body of missing journalist found
Death adds to the rising number of targeted attacks and killings of journalists in the country.
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has joined the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in condemning the murder of Hashibur Rahaman Rubel.
On 7 July, Rubel's body was found floating under a bridge in Kushtia. The acting editor of newspaper Dainik Kushtia Khobar had been missing for four days, prompting concern from colleagues and family.
Following confirmation from Rubel’s wife on 3 July stating he had confirmed his plans to return home that evening, journalists across the city took part in protests to demand police action.
A press card was found by authorities in items belonging to Rubel, upon discovering his body. Reasons for the killing remain unknown, and it is reported local police have confirmed an investigation into the murder is now live.
The NUJ is urging authorities to conduct a thorough investigation that ensures those responsible for the killing are held to account. The union is also calling for urgent government action to ensure the safety of journalists within the country.
Anthony Bellanger, IFJ general secretary, said:
“The rising number of attacks on journalists and media workers in Bangladesh is concerning. Local authorities must do more to safeguard members of the media and protect press freedom.
“The IFJ condemns the murder of Hashibur Rahaman Rubel and calls for an immediate investigation into the case so that all perpetrators may be brought to justice.”