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An investigative reporter on the pandemic has been released on bail

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Journalist Rosina Islam's prison in Bangladesh sparked protests in several parts of the country, here in the capital Dhaka on May 20.

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Journalist Rosina Islam’s prison in Bangladesh sparked protests in several parts of the country, here in the capital Dhaka on May 20.

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A journalist arrested on Monday was released on bail after publishing critical reports on dealing with COVID-19 in Bangladesh.

Rosina Islam, 42, in recent months mentioned, among other things, corruption within the country’s health authority and bribes in hiring doctors.

She is accused of stealing documents from health authorities. However, Amnesty International believes that its coverage of the country’s handling of the pandemic is the real reason behind her arrest.

The prison sparked nationwide protests by thousands of journalists and civil rights activists.

On Sunday, Dhaka’s public prosecutor, Abdullah Abu, said that she will be released on bail on condition that she hand over her passport so that she cannot leave the country.

Rosina Islam’s case is not unique. Since Bangladesh passed a new security law in 2018, around 2,000 people have been arrested, many of them journalists, according to Amnesty International.

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