Amar Desh Paper re-opens after Gov’t Closure

The  daily newspaper Amar Desh whose recent closure prompted international protest from media and press-rights organisations around the world has restarted publication.

It returned to the streets with a short four-page edition on Friday just 10 days after the presses were closed. The reprieve came yesterday from a High Court which also cautioned the authorities against harassing Mahmudur Rahman a former Energy Adviser to the Zia government minister and acting editor of the paper since 2008. Rahman is additionally being sued by the publisher Hashmat Ali who was allegedly pressured into doing so during his detention on June 2nd. Rahman is himself is currently still on remand

The issues surrounding the paper itself seem to centre around the resignation by Ali as publisher in Oct 2009 following Rahman’s submission to take over publication that September and the authorities claim that the newspaper  currently has no publisher. Meanwhile the paper is back – that’s some kind of progress.