Bangladesh is ranked 150th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation into yesterday’s murder of a Bangladeshi newspaper reporter whose coverage of criminal activity in an industrial area south of the capital, Dhaka, had led to the arrest of two local gang leaders. His crime must not go unpunished, RSF said. Hossain’s family believe he was killed in reprisal for articles he had written for the Dainik Bijoy daily about the criminal activities of local gangsters, especially drug dealing and the provision of illegal gas connections. Two brothers who were arrested because of his articles, Minnat and Mishir Ali, had just been released on bail. A crime scene ribbon is seen in Dhaka on March 29, 2019. Journalist Iliyas Hossain’s dead body was found on 11 October in a district located in the suburbs of Bangladesh’s capital city (photo: Munir uz Zaman / AFP). Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists May 19, 2021 Find out more After passers-by found him lying in a pool of blood at around 8:15 pm yesterday in Bandar, a municipality that is part of Narayanganj district, Iliyas Hossain was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead at 9 pm. February 26, 2021 Find out more As RSF reported at the time, another newspaper journalist, Shelu Akand, was left for dead after being badly beaten by men with steel bars in the northern city of Jamalpur last December. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention “We call on the Narayanganj district prosecutor’s office to order an immediate investigation to ensure that Iliyas Hossain’s brutal murder does not go unpunished,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia Pacific desk. “In view of the extremely dangerous environment for reporters in Bangladesh, we suggest that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government should create an effective mechanism for protecting journalists.” BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence to go further News Daily Samakal reporter Shariful Alam Chowdhury was nearly beaten to death by ten thugs armed with steel bars in Muradnagar, on the outskirts of Cumilla, 100 km east of Dhaka, on 4 July, after writing about alleged corruption and nepotism involving a local official. RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeViolence News According to RSF’s tally, at least 16 journalists have been the victims of serious violence in Bangladesh since the start of the year. News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation Follow the news on Bangladesh October 12, 2020 – Updated on October 13, 2020 Bangladeshi reporter slain by local gangsters in Dhaka suburb Violent crime RSF_en February 22, 2021 Find out more
Yusef Robb, the communications director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, spoke on Tuesday night to students in Marks Hall about his experience in politics and how to succeed after graduation.Communicating success · Communications Director for Mayor Garcetti, Yusef Robb, spoke to students Tuesday night about his experiences in political campaigning and how students can succeed after graduation. – Paul Jung | Daily TrojanThe lecture, entitled “From College to Career: Life as a Political Operative,” was hosted by South Area faculty master Tim Biblarz and is part of an ongoing “From College to Career” speakers series that aims to help students develop skills that will help them find employment after graduation.Robb, who came to campus straight from the mayor’s office, opened with a humorous anecdote, mentioning that the number one question he gets asked as a spokesperson is “does he lie?”He explained that, in tough cases such as when a seven-year-old asked what they do with dogs at the local pound, “sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to get through.”Robb went on to clarify he has an open and honest relationship with the press.Robb’s first piece of career advice, however, was no lie.“Lesson number one: you don’t need to win,” Robb said.Robb explained that the various campaigns that he has worked on and lost only made him want to be more diligent in the future.The communications director, who has worked in both Los Angeles and New York, also stressed the importance of strategic career location, especially in politics.“The only way I was able to have pretty good jobs in politics … is because I positioned myself in the right spots,” Robb said.Robb also offered some undergraduate and post-graduate wisdom.“In terms of the college experience, knowing how to write is critical … and it’s not about poetry, it’s about clarity,” said Robb, who was a journalism major at New York University.“The career advice I’m here to give you is if you want to be in the big time, go for the big time,” said Robb, who encouraged students to pursue their dream jobs.“Have no pride, sleep on your mother’s couch — hold out for the job you want,” Robb said.Students gathered for many reasons, but most were interested in Robb’s extensive political experience, which includes communications work on multiple political campaigns, such as the repeal of Proposition 8.“I came because I’m an IR major and when I saw he was in policy I thought it was something I could be interested in,” said Erika Ingram, a freshman majoring in international relations. “I try to go to the speakers that sound interesting and might be relevant to my career.”Ben Graham, an international relations professor in the Dornsife College of Arts, Letters and Sciences, helped coordinate the event and considered the evening a success.“This was exceptional, we had a great turnout,” Graham said. “I love the turnout that we get at these; I think the quality has been consistently high. I love this speaker’s series.”This post has been updated.