Wednesday, October 18, 2006
Ruling Party Officials Participate in Mob Beating of Bangladeshi Journalist
Heroic Bangladeshi journalist Shoaib Choudhury committed the unspeakable crimes of advocating better relations with Christians and Jews (for more, see INFIDEL OF THE DAY: Shoaib Choudhury) and attempting to attend a conference in Israel. He faces the death penalty for suggesting Bangladesh should have "ties with Israel." From the Jerusalem Post:
Muslim journalist facing charges of sedition for advocating ties with Israel was recently attacked and beaten by a crowd in Bangladesh that allegedly included leading officials of the country's ruling party, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, editor of the Weekly Blitz newspaper, an English-language publication based in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, was working in his office on October 5 when nearly 40 people stormed the premises.
The mob beat Choudhury, leaving him with a fractured ankle, and looted cash that was kept in the company safe. Choudhury was briefly hospitalized.
According to a statement appearing on the Web site of the Weekly Blitz, the attackers were led by Helal Khan, international affairs secretary of Jasas, and included Babul Ahmed, Jasas's secretary-general. Jasas is the cultural wing of the ruling Bangladeshi National Party (BNP).
During the assault, Ahmed is said to have shouted at Choudhury, labeling him an "agent of the Jews."