Seventeen more cases were filed against the Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam in 17 districts across the country on Monday, bringing the number of cases against him to 35.
The cases – either defamation or sedition – were filed for carrying “confusing and defamatory” reports based on information supplied by the military intelligence DGFI during the military-backed caretaker regime in 2007-08.
The 17 cases, filed Monday, are one each in Kushtia, Rajshahi, Sylhet, Rangpur, Tangail, Sunamganj, Chapainawabganj, Panchagarh, Thakurgaon, Kurigram, Nilphamari, Moulvibazar, Natore, Khagrachhari, Rangamati, Comilla and Cox’s Bazar.
At a talk show on a private TV channel on 3 February, Mahfuz Anam made an introspective comment about a lapse in his editorial judgement in publishing some reports that the newspaper could not independently verify during the caretaker government’s tenure.
Since then, defamation and sedition lawsuits have been being filed one after another across the country against The Daily Star editor mainly by ruling party leaders and workers.
And, the language of the complaints was almost similar, saying that Mahfuz Anam published “false and distorted” stories against Awami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina to serve the purposes of a force that led Hasina to spend days in prison during the regime. – News Desk