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A Bangladeshi Journalist Arrested After He Helped Two European Journalists In Bangladesh - 2002-11-29


In Dhaka, police have detained a Bangladeshi journalist who went into hiding after the detention of two European journalists for alleged anti-state activities.

Officials say journalist Selim Samad was picked up from a hideout in north Dhaka's Uttara residential district and was being interrogated. He also represents media rights group known as Reporters Sans Frontiers or the R-S-F.

Mr. Samad was transported under heavy security to a Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate, who granted five days detention for questioning.

Mr. Samad worked with two European journalists who were arrested on Monday. British national Zaiba Malik and Italian Bruno Sorrentino were arrested as they tried to leave Bangladesh for India after reporting for a program on Britain's Channel 4 television.

Police said authorities at the border seized documents and films from the journalists that "intended to tarnish the image of Bangladesh."

Paris-based R-S-F and London-based Amnesty International have expressed their concern over the safety of the reporters and urged the international community to take a very firm position against the Bangladeshi move.

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