Teen arrested below harsh digital legal guidelines for making music video mocking PM Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.
A teen has been arrested below Bangladesh’s harsh web legal guidelines for making a music video mocking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, police mentioned.
Rabiul Islam, 19, was arrested on Wednesday in a northern city after a pro-government youth chief filed a grievance below the regulation, native police chief Abdullah al-Mamun mentioned on Thursday.
“He made an offensive music video utilizing photographs of Bangladeshi and Indian prime ministers and posted it on his Fb timeline,” al-Mamun advised AFP information company.
His arrest comes days after the nation was rocked by lethal protests towards Modi’s go to, principally led by Islamists, during which no less than 13 protesters died.
Islam confronted court docket on Thursday and was remanded in custody, police mentioned, and is anticipated to be charged with defaming and tarnishing the picture of the top of presidency. He faces as much as 14 years behind bars.
Activists say Bangladesh’s harsh web legal guidelines are getting used to suppress criticism of the federal government.
A whole bunch of individuals have been charged since 2018 over alleged crimes that embody smearing the picture of the prime minister and different senior political figures.
Islam’s detention adopted the arrest on Monday of a broadcast journalist, Naimur Rahman, for allegedly defaming Hasina for remarks made exterior her political occasion’s workplace whereas overlaying a neighborhood election.
His feedback had been overheard by her supporters, who reported him to the police.
Mostafa Jamal, the top of a broadcast journalists’ affiliation, mentioned Rahman’s arrest was an “unlawful energy train by the police and the incumbent political occasion”.
“We’re compelled to review the … regulation greater than doing our day by day work as of late,” he advised AFP.
Amnesty Worldwide’s South Asia campaigner, Saad Hammadi, mentioned in a press release on Thursday that the arrests had been the “consequence of legal guidelines that fail Bangladesh’s worldwide dedication to uphold and defend the suitable to freedom of expression”.
In early March, activists held days of protests over the dying in detention of author Mushtaq Ahmed, who was additionally arrested below the web regulation.
Ahmed was jailed for publishing an article and sharing Fb posts vital of Hasina’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore, who was detained with the author, was launched two weeks later.
A Bangladeshi court docket has since ordered a probe into Kishore’s claims that he was tortured earlier than police detained him.