Bangladesh: Journalist could face death penalty for COVID reporting
19 May 2021 | 3:08 pm
Rozina Islam has been arrested for alleged theft and photography of sensitive state documents. The award-winning journalist was investigating millions of dollars spent procuring medical equipment during the pandemic.
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