The owner and editor of the Bangladeshi online newspaper, and the weekly Sheersha Kagoj, has been arrested on a charge of extortion.

According to reports, police told the court that Mohammad Ekramul Haque had threatened a travel agency with negative coverage unless he was paid Tk 200,000 (1,700).

But the editor’s colleagues say the agency does not exist. They issued a press release stating that Haque’s arrest was connected instead to coverage in his newspaper of alleged government corruption in construction and public works projects.