Bangladesh editor arrested for defaming ex-schools chief

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DHAKA: An award-winning Bangladeshi journalist who edits a specialist education website has been arrested for allegedly defaming a powerful former official, police said on Friday. Police detained Siddiqur Rahman Khan for publishing what it described as multiple “fictitious, false and shameful” news on the DainikShiksha.com portal, Dhaka police spokesman Masudur Rahman told Agence-France Presse. Khan is the latest in a string of journalists to have been detained by Bangladeshi authorities under the provisions of a controversial law which critics say gives the government a free rein to crack down on dissent. “Officers from the cyber crime unit arrested Khan on Thursday after Professor Fahima Khatun filed the case under section 57 of the information communication technology act,” said Rahman. Local newspapers said Khatun, a former head of a government department that regulates tens of thousands of schools and intermediate colleges, is married to a ruling party lawmaker and is a sister of a cabinet minister.

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