October 17, 2021, 10:17 pm
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “The authoritarian government is carrying out repression all over the country.” Journalists are not exempt from that. This is another new tactic of intimidation and panic among journalists by summoning bank accounts after the fearless journalists have been strangled in various ways to reveal the truth.
He said this in a statement on Monday. He issued a statement condemning and protesting the bank account summons of 11 journalist leaders, citing another level of intimidation of journalists in the media.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said, “This unprecedented summons to the president and general secretary of the National Press Club, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists-BFUJ, Dhaka Union of Journalists-DUJ and Dhaka Reporters Unity-DRU is an extreme threat to independent journalism and expression.” The whole country has now become a playground for Awami misrule. In the dream of prolonging power, Bivore’s current voterless government is not only persecuting opposition leaders, human rights activists and dissidents, including the BNP, they have also started brutally torturing journalists in the media for revealing the truth. The incident of summoning the bank account of 11 journalist leaders is the manifestation of that. ‘
He said, “In addition to the common people of the country, journalists who are fearless in revealing the truth are also suffering from government oppression due to the terrible misrule.” The recent announcement of the closure of the online news portal has once again proved that the country’s media and journalists have no freedom, the authoritarian government wants to control the country’s media in various ways. The aim of the Awami League is to establish one-man rule in the country. In order to make this goal a reality, the present unethical government is holding the pen of fearless journalism and journalists.
In a statement, the BNP secretary general called upon the journalists to immediately withdraw their decision to summon the bank accounts and ensure the freedom of conscience of the country and the freedom of the media and media workers to express the truth by removing fear and panic.