Salim Akash

Jordan / Bangladesh

Jailed for covering migrant workers


Salim Akash, a Bangladeshi journalist based in Amman, investigated the fate of Bangladeshi migrant workers in Jordan who were no longer able to work because of the lockdown and had been left to their fate by the Jordanian authorities. After a TV station back in Bangladesh broadcast a news item based on his reporting in early April, three plainclothes Jordanian policemen arrested him at his home on 14 April. After initially being taken to the immigration department, Akash was transferred to Al-Salt prison, where he was simply told he had “broken an important law.”