12 Jun

RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage

first_img News February 26, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisonedJudicial harassment Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Organisation RSF_en Her husband, Monirul Islam Mithu, told RSF that she had gone to the health ministry to interview an employee. She was immediately locked in a room by a police officer and ministry staff who seized her bag and cell phone, giving them ample opportunity to plant false evidence. Bangladesh: Rohingya photographer charged after covering Rohingya refugee transfer Investigative journalist Rozina Islam was detained earlier this week during a visit to the Bangladeshi health ministry, after publishing a series of reports on corruption in the ministry. She was subsequently charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the Bangladeshi government to restore its credibility by ordering her immediate release. Follow the news on Bangladesh “Illegal detention, torture, intimidation, fabrication of evidence … the way the police and judicial authorities have handled this case brings shame on the rule of law in Bangladesh. We call on Interior Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal to order her immediate and unconditional release and for the absurd charges against her to be dropped. His government’s credibility is at stake.” January 5, 2021 Find out more “They have harassed her physically,” Mithu said. “They pushed her down and tried to strangle her. While snatching her bag, they literally twisted her arm. Her skin got scarred and she also suffered bruises”. Torture and illegal detention She was illegally held for five hours in the office of Saiful Islam Bhuiyan, an official on the staff of Health Services Secretary Lokman Hossain Miah for five hours. The journalist is alleged to have violated articles 3 and 5 of the Official Secrets Act, legislation dating from the era of British rule that calls for capital punishment in cases of espionage. She is also accused under articles 379 and 411 of the penal code of “putting a person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion” and concealing stolen documents, which could incur up to 14 years’ imprisonment. Newscenter_img Bangladesh is ranked 152nd out of 180 countries in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by RSF.    February 22, 2021 Find out more Rozina Islam is seen inside a prison van in Dhaka on May 18, 2021, a day after being arrested on accusation of stealing documents and taking images by the health ministry (photo: Munir Uz Zaman / AFP). May 19, 2021 RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage Receive email alerts The managing editor of Prothom Alo, Sajjad Sharif, is in no doubt that Islam was harassed by health ministry staff and handed over to the police in retaliation for the stories she published in the newspaper on serious corruption and mismanagement in the health sector linked to the coronavirus crisis. Islam, a reporter for the newspaper Prothom Alo, the country’s main Bengali-language daily, was arrested on Monday this week and later transferred to Shahbagh police station in Dhaka. According to the charges, of which RSF has seen a copy, she was accused of stealing “important official documents” from a government office and photographing confidential data. She could face the death penalty. She was transferred to the police station about 8 p.m. and charged at 11:45 p.m. She is due to attend a bail hearing tomorrow. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention News Help by sharing this information BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionImprisonedJudicial harassment “The arrest of Rozina Islam and the allegations against her are particularly shocking since they are clearly based on a crude frame-up,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. News to go furtherlast_img read more

6 Oct

These suburbs under $400,000 are tipped to outshine Sydney

first_imgIpswich is expected to see stronger returns than Sydney with a median price that’s about half the southern capital.NINE Queensland cities are tipped to return more bang for buck than star performers Sydney and Melbourne — and they’re about 50 per cent cheaper too.Latest analysis by market research firm Propertyology found 39 growth locations where median house prices were less than $400,000 but whose returns were expected to beat the southern capitals.Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley said the list included nine in Queensland, four in Tasmania, five in South Australia, eight in Victoria, nine in New South Wales, three in Western Australia and one in the Northern Territory.“I am not a betting man however, each of these 39 locations have a superior three-year outlook to Sydney and Melbourne,” he said.The Queensland suburbs were expected to come out strong.“All things being equal over the next three years, both Sydney and Melbourne might be flat out producing 10 per cent cumulative price growth whereas Propertyology believes that each of the nine Queensland locations have potential to exceed that”.Ipswich and Logan in the greater Brisbane region were on the list of top growth areas where the median house price was less than $400,000, as were Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Mackay, Townsville, Toowoomba and Cairns. Propertyology managing director Simon Pressley has picked 39 growth locations with median house prices at $400,000 or less.The locations were assessed based on affordability, economic diversity, essential infrastructure, lifestyle, increased demand for housing and expected improvement in economic conditions.Mr Pressley said for less than $400,000, there could be good returns for the taking.“Some homeowners, particularly in the big cities, think nothing of spending $400,000 on a renovation or $800,000 to $1 million to buy a single property. However, for the same amount, you can buy two or more affordable properties in locations with considerable upside growth potential and rental returns that generate positive or near-positive cash flow.”He called for investors to not underestimate the lifestyle and infrastructure potential outside big cities.“Affordable property is available in every state and territory so there is no need to buy property in locations that are past the peak of the latest cycle and will burden you with significant out of pocket expenses. Interstate migration figures are already showing a shift away from Sydney to affordable lifestyle locations, many of which are now accessible by a one-hour direct flight. The rise of rentvesting is also testament to the growing demand for affordable property.” GROWTH PICKS FOR NEXT 3 YEARS: (Suburb/Median house price): Albany WA $380,000 Logan QLD $400,000 Albury NSW $330,000 Mackay QLD $330,000 Ararat VIC $192,000 Mount Gambier SA $255,000Armidale NSW $360,000 Narrabri NSW $290,000Ballarat VIC $328,000 Onkaparinga SA $360,000Bendigo VIC $327,500 Orange NSW $367,500Bunbury WA $330,500 Parkes NSW $241,000 Bundaberg QLD $296,000 Port Augusta SA $192,500Burnie TAS $224,500 More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours agoPort Lincoln SA $300,000 Cairns QLD $400,000 Rockhampton QLD $270,000 Corangamite VIC $227,000 Shepparton VIC $260,000Devonport TAS $250,000 Sorell TAS $313,500Dubbo NSW $360,000 South Gippsland VIC $285,000Gawler SA $335,000 Tamworth NSW $335,000Geraldton WA $315,000 Toowoomba QLD $375,000 Glenorchy TAS $320,000 Townsville QLD $340,000 Griffith NSW $308,000 Wagga Wagga NSW $350,000 Hervey Bay QLD $320,000 Warrnambool VIC $325,500 Ipswich QLD $341,000 Wodonga VIC $330,000Katherine NT $322,500 (Source: Propertyology) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more