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STOCKHOLM - Skyline International calls on the Jordanian authorities to release a Bengali journalist who has been arbitrarily detained for nearly a month, due to his media work.

 

The international foundation states that the authorities detained Selim Akash, a Jordan-based Bangladeshi journalist, on April 14 after he shared a report he wrote for a Bengali website in which he featured Bengal’s suffering from food shortages due to the Covid-19 lockdown in Jordan.

 

Skyline has complied testimonies referring that three security men in civilian clothes arrested Akash in front of his home. Akash's family said that Akash contacted them in al-Salt prison saying he was going to court for "violating a serious law," which he did not identify.

 

Skyline confirms that the arrest of journalist Akash is illegal, which constitutes a flagrant violation of the freedom of Press and contradicts all international agreements protecting journalists and freedom of opinion and expression.

 

Furthermore, Skyline highlights Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which affirms that everyone has the right to hold opinions and to express them by various mediums without interference.

 

Accordingly, Skyline calls on the Jordanian authorities to immediately release the detained journalist and respect the international covenants and treaties that criminalize detention on the ground of expression, and stop arrest campaigns and harassment of journalists and human rights activists.