Committee to Protect Journalists: Journalist Arrested for Reporting Death of Goat

“Bangladeshi journalist arrested for reporting death of goat” is the actual, accurate headline of a Committee to Protect Journalists alert. According to the CPJ,

Bangladeshi authorities should drop all charges against Abdul Latif Morol and should release him without delay. . .

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Minister of State for Fisheries and Livestock Narayan Chandra Chanda on July 30 donated livestock to poor farmers, according to The Daily Star newspaper, the news website Prothom Alo, and Agence France-Presse. After local newspapers reported that one of the donated goats died, Morol wrote a Facebook post that roughly translated to “Goat given by state minister in the morning dies in the evening,” according to AFP.

Police arrested Morol, the Dumaria correspondent for the Daily Probaha, after Subroto Faujdar, the Dumaria correspondent for the Daily Spandan, filed a criminal complaint against him claiming that Morol had defamed Chanda in a “derogatory post” on Facebook, Dumaria police chief Sukumar Biswas told AFP. Faujdar told Prothom Alo that he filed the complaint against his colleague because he supported the minister.