At a press briefing, spokespersons of Bangla daily Amar Desh said government is unlawfully preventing the publication of the newspaper. Amar Desh printing press was illegally sealed by the DB Police on the night of April 11, after the acting editor Mahmudur Rahman was arrested in the morning. The paper legally continued printing for 3 days from a different location. However, police also raided Al Falah Printing Press on April 13 and forcefully barred them from printing the newspaper. 19 employees of Circulation and Press Department was also arrested. New cases have been lodged against Mahmuda Begum, mother of Mahmudur Rahman, acting editor of Amar Desh and Abul Asad, editor of Sangram newspaper and keeper of Al Falah press. Under such circumstances, publication of the newspaper has been suspended. They demanded immediate release of the acting editor and withdrawal of cases against Mahmudur Rahman, Mahmuda Begum and Abu Asad. They assured that publication will resumed after the legal battle.
Syed Abdal Ahmed, executive editor of Amar Desh, read out the written statement. Questions were answered by advocate Masud Ahmed Talukder, a lawyer with Amar Desh and Saleh Uddin Ahmed.
Advocate Saleh Uddin Ahmed said government illegally halted the printing of the news daily. This is tantamount to disobeying the court because the newspaper was being published under the directive of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court.
Syed Abdal Ahmed said the police raid at the printing press on April 13 was unlawful. They beat up employees and prevented them from collecting news and taking photographs. He said Mahmudur Rahman is being tortured in the name of interrogation. He has fallen ill. This sudden halt to publication has created uncertainty for 800 employees in and outside of Dhaka. He criticized the government’s illegal actions.