A court in Narayanganj today issued warrant of arrest against The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam after a lawyer brought libel charge for reports published during the 2007-2008 caretaker government regime based on information given by Taskforce Interrogation Cell (TFIC).
The order was issued although the Jatiya Sangsad had passed a bill on February 2, 2011 scrapping the provision of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) for directly issuing arrest warrant against journalists, writers and others for writing or saying anything defamatory.
Also the same day, 18 other cases, including four seeking to bring sedition charges, were filed against Anam as the galore of lawsuits against him continued. The rest others are defamation cases.
With the cases filed today, 56 lawsuits have so far been filed, beginning on February 9, in 39 districts. Twelve of them are complaints seeking to sue the editor for sedition while the rest are defamation suits.
The galore of lawsuits came days after the Star editor at a talk show on February 3 made an introspective comment about a lapse in his editorial judgement in publishing a few reports based on information given by the TFIC during the 2007-08 caretaker government without being able to verify them independently, agencies report.