Bangladeshi journalist killed while covering clashes
February 23, 2021
Borhan Uddin Muzakkir was shot and killed while covering fighting between rival factions of the ruling Awami League party.
On February 19, Bangladeshi journalist Borhan Uddin Muzakkir, a reporter for the Bangla Samachar daily newspaper and the Bartabazar.com news website, was shot and killed while covering clashes between rival factions of Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League in Companiganj, 200 km southeast of Dhaka. Muzakkir sustained a gunshot injury to the neck. He succumbed to the injuries the following day.
“It is completely unacceptable for Borhan Muzakkir to have been the collateral victim of political tension within the Awami League,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge the Companiganj police to make every effort to identify the person or persons responsible for this fatal shooting and bring them to justice." Bastard also called on Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader to "ensure that his party’s activists respect the work of journalists during their meetings.”