Bangladesh reporters held for 'fabricating' story

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Associated Press

Posted on January 18, 2014 at 3:34 AM

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A court in Bangladesh has ordered three journalists held in detention on charges of publishing a false story that alleged Indian security forces had joined Bangladeshi troops in a crackdown before the recent controversial elections.

Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu said Friday that the report by the Bengali-language Inqilab daily was baseless, and the newspaper used a doctored email and fax message to back it up.

Police on Friday arrested news editor Rabiullah Rabi, deputy chief reporter Rafiq Mohammad and diplomatic correspondent Ahmed Atique, after raiding their office on Thursday night.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina returned to power in a landslide victory Jan. 5, but the vote was marred by violence, a boycott by the main opposition party and low turnout.

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