Some 200 people attended a meeting of the Bengali Press Club in east London on Monday of last week to express outrage at a violent attack on a local Bengali paper.
They included George Galloway MP, members of Tower Hamlets Respect and NUJ members from other local papers such as the East London Advertiser.
Four young men burst into the offices of the Surma newspaper off Brick Lane on 31 January. They shouted threats and attacked several of the paper’s journalists, leading to some injuries that needed hospital treatment.
The reasons for the attack remain unknown. Surma’s editor Belal Ahmed, says he has never known anything like it. “We’ve looked back at the paper, but can’t find anything we think could have provoked such a thing. But if we surrender to them, there’s no point printing the paper.”