SAWM demands immediate release of journalist Rozina Islam

SAWM demands immediate release of journalist Rozina Islam

This story first appeared in Prothom Alo

South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), a network of women journalists across South Asia, has expressed deep concern at the harassment and arrest of Prothom Alo’s journalist Rozina Islam.

A SAWM statement on Tuesday demanded her immediate release.

Rozina Islam was detained for over five hours and harassed when she went to the health ministry on Monday to carry out her profession duties. At one point she fell ill. Police took her to Shahbagh police station and filed a case against her under the Official Secrets Act.

“She was performing her duties as a journalist. She had been regularly reporting in depth on corruption in the health and other sectors,” the SAWM statement reads.

Amnesty International, CPJ Asia, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad, Ain o Shalish Kendra also condemned the harassment of Rozina.

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About SAWM Team

South Asian Women in Media (SAWM) is a network of women media professionals in South Asia. SAWM works for freedom of press, increased participation of women in the media, a gender-sensitive work environment and a gender-equal outlook in the media. Launched in April 2008, SAWM’s central secretariat is in Lahore, Pakistan and the association has country chapters in eight members of SAARC. SAWM helps women working in media to network across borders, and with international rights organizations, to assert their rights and defend their interests.