US's Jefferson Fellow journalists in Bangladesh protested strongly against the assault, confinement and subsequent arrest of Senior Prothom Alo Journalist Rozina Islam and demanded her immediate release.
At the same time, the Jefferson Fellows also demanded for ensuring punishment for those involved in harassing the senior journalist at the secretariat.
The journalists stated that detaining Rozina for around five hours and abusing her physically in the secretariat during discharging of her professional duty Monday went against the spirit of free press and was tantamount to an attempt to muzzle critical journalism in Bangladesh.
The journalists also demanded annulling the controversial Digital Security Act and stop harassing journalists for the betterment of democracy and ensure justice.
Jefferson Fellow journalists in Bangladesh include Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, senior journalists Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Shahed Siddique and M Azizur Rahman