Bangladesh police arrested a newsman for Facebook post on dead goat

Vastavam web: Bangladesh police today arrested a journalist in the country’s south for allegedly defaming a minister in a Facebook post about a dead goat. Abdul Latif Morol, a reporter at a regional Bengali- language daily, was detained before dawn in the coastal town of Dumuria after a journalist from a rival newspaper filed a case under a draconian internet law. Chanda was the chief guest at an event organised by the government’s local livestock department, a part of his ministry, at Dumuria on Saturday.

At the event livestock, including goats, chickens and ducks, were donated to poor farmers, but one of the donated goats later died, according to local media reports. That prompted Morol to write on Facebook “Goat given by state minister in the morning dies in the evening,” Biswas said.In an interview with a local paper the plaintiff said he filed the complaint because he was a supporter of the nationally ruling Awami League. “We did not like the matter (the Facebook post).” Rights groups have accused the Bangladesh government of using Section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology law the law under which the current complaint was filed to crack down on dissent and harass journalists.