September 28, 2021, 7:16 am
Md. Al Amin: The honest, brave, investigative and active journalists of mass media like Rozina Islam are undoubtedly the gems of any country because they always fight against unlawful activities and ominous forces to protect us and form a safe and peaceful society permanently like others . There are numberless noble, risky and legal professions in this world. Journalism is one of them. It is also another special means of serving not only a country but also nation differently. The media is also called the fourth estate of a country. We firmly believe that the uncompromising and active roles of mass media to establish the rule of laws are also laudable and unforgettable. It’s also a matter of sorrow that journalists cann’t perform their holy duties perfectly because of some restrictions.
If the journalists of mass media are given sufficient freedom to perform their holy duties perfectly, the numbers of crimes and criminals will be reduced soon. We also find authentic, valuable and latest information about different topics from mass media. Law enforcers also take steps to arrest real criminals after reading the published crime reports of mass media. Isn’t it the credit of mass media ? Practising journalism honestly and bravely is not an easy task. It’s actually a risky profession because journalists often endanger themselves by performing their holy duties against ominous forces. It’s also true that many honest, investigative and intrepid journalists have lost their valuable lives at the time of performing their professional duties .
We firmly believe that honest, fearless, investigative and active journalists are as a matter of fact the safe friends of human beings because they always fight against all kinds of unlawful activities which destroy the order, safety and peace of the society. The dignity, security and professional facilities of honest, fearless, investigative and active journalists should be increased greatly so that they can live happily and freely like others . We firmly believe that if the journalists of a country keep themselves aloof from their holy duties for only a day, the numbers of unlawful or illegal activities will rise alarmingly. Honest, brave, investigative and active journalists always work for the welfare of not only a country but also nation. The journalists, who are really fearless and honest, never compromise with crimes and criminals. We also believe that honest, investigative and fearless journalists never surrender to any pressure, unethical proposal or threat. For this reason, criminals are also afraid of honest, investigative and fearless journalists.
Honesty is a great virtue that enhances the mental strength of human beings . For this reason, honest journalists are mentally strong. According to the published reports of some media, many criminals in Bangladesh have already got exemplary punishment because of the brave, commendable, investigative and active roles of honest journalists. It’s really a good sign for Bangladesh. The journalists, who are working bravely, honestly and relentlessly for our welfare, should be respected and rewarded specially. Honest journalists prefer dignity to money in this world because professional dignity makes them mentally happy. This type of mentality also indicates their greatness. We also believe that mental peace is really the best peace. Harassing or torturing the honest, intrepid, active and investigative journalists of any country is undoubtedly an ominous sign because these journalists leave no stone unturned to remove the ominous forces from the society and country . We firmly believe that honest, intrepid, investigative and active journalists are as a matter of fact patriots and gems. We also believe that investigative journalism is an appropriate and risky process of revealing hidden truth . There is no doubt that there are also numberless honest, amiable, investigative and intrepid journalists in Bangladesh who are working sincerely relentlessly for our welfare.
Journalist Rozina Islam has already become one of the most intrepid, popular and honest journalists in Bangladesh by playing uncompromising and active roles against all kinds of ominous forces and illegal activities . She has been working in the daily Prothom Alo bravely, relentlessly and honestly for a long time. She has already achieved many awards by dint of her intrepid, uncompromising, active and laudable roles in different fields as an investigative journalist. She is not only popular but also amicable. It’s a matter of sorrow that some persons tortured Rozina Islam physically and mentally keeping her confined to a room of the Health Ministry inside the Bangladesh Secretariat on May 17, 2021 while she was performing her professional duty as an investigative journalist according to the statements of her family members and published reports of national and international media .
According to the published reports of mass media, a case against her under the Penal Code and Official Secrets Act was filed and the police also arrested her. Then, she was sent to the jail through the processes of the CMM court in Old Dhaka on May 18 . The event of harassing and torturing her is actually unexpected, inhuman and painful . According to the laws of Bangladesh, torturing anyone physically or mentally is also a punishable crime . The people of all classes have already raised their voices against this inhuman occurrence spontaneously . It is also a good sign that many renowned organizations including the United Nations (UN) also expressed anxiety regarding the inhuman occurrence of harassing and torturing Rozina Islam .
It proves that Rozina Islam’s unthinkable honesty, fearlessness, popularity, personality and amicableness are undoubtedly laudable and unforgettable. The constitution in Bangladesh has given us the right to express opinions . We want to see more journalists like Rozina Islam to reveal truth . We always detest all kinds of crimes . We don’t want to see inhuman or unlawful activities in our country again. The persons, who tortured Rozina Islam physically and mentally, should be punished soon . Is it really unconstitutional or unlawful to raise our voices against the inhuman or illegal activities of our country ? We also think like her family members that Rozina Islam is a victim of subtle conspiracy .
As conscious citizens , we expect that senior journalist Rozina Islam will get proper treatment and fair play from our state without delay because she is a victim of subtle conspiracy and an ill person according to the published reports of mass media and statements of her family members . She is not only an investigative journalist but also a great mother. Doesn’t the weeping of a great mother like Rozina Islam shake our conscience greatly ? The journalists of mass media should be more active and conscious so that nobody can spoil the dignity of investigative journalists like Rozina Islam. We also demand the permanent security of other journalists in our country like Rozina Islam because they always fight against ominous forces to protect us and present a safe and peaceful society. The intrepid, uncompromising and active roles of mass media against the inhuman occurrence of torturing Rozina Islam mercilessly are really commendable and unforgettable.
The sleepless night of honest, brave, investigative and unselfish journalists is undoubtedly another bright instance of patriotism and humanity. There are many ways of expressing patriotism in this world. Practising journalism honestly and bravely is really a positive sign for any country. For this reason, criminals don’t dare to perform unlawful activities easily. Isn’t fighting against ominous forces to protect a country and nation an instance of patriotism and humanity ? The journalists, who are really selfish, dishonest and timid should leave journalism without delay. Real journalists can not but support tortured journalists. Honesty brings mental easiness and peace because there is self-satisfaction in a legal way.
The honest, fearless, investigative and active journalists of this world can also be a part of history by dint of their intrepid, uncompromising, investigative and laudable roles in different fields . Simon Dring, British foreign journalist of The Daily Telegraph, is also a bright example in this regard because it is impossible for us as Bangladeshis to forget the intrepid, uncompromising, investigative, active and commendable roles of Dring against ominous forces during the Liberation War of Bangladesh. It’s also true that honest, brave, investigative and active journalists never compromise with ominous forces at the time of performing their professional duties. From this discussion, it’s also clear that noble activities are really unforgettable and imperishable. Besides, the active roles of mass media in the fields of creating public awareness against unlawful activities and infectious diseases like the Covid-19 pandemic all over the world are really laudable and unforgettable .
We firmly believe that the history of the intrepid, active and uncompromising roles of mass media to curb crimes and criminals locally, nationally and internationally is really glorious and untold. There is no scope to deny that only some media in our country are devoid of the real characteristics of journalism because of their unprofessional activities according to the published reports of mass media . For this reason, we are unable to get real information or objective news from them in various critical situations . We also believe that the main duty of journalism is to reveal truth to us and mark real criminals differently. It’s undoubtedly an ominous sign when some media hide the real identities of rich and influential criminals tactfully to us at the time of publishing crime reports. Is it really ethical ? We should not forget that honest, brave, investigative and active journalists also serve the country and nation like the law enforcers of our country by writing against ominous forces regularly.
It’s also our moral duty to respect honest, amicable, dutiful and unselfish people everywhere. We should never discourage noble or constructive activities in this world. It will really be a dirty instance of narrow mentality and selfishness if we disrespect the honest, fearless, investigative and active journalists of this world. We firmly believe that the strong unity among all the journalists of mass media can also play a vital role to reduce the inhuman occurrences of torturing honest, intrepid, investigative, uncompromising and active journalists like Rozina Islam, well-known for investigative journalism . We also believe that the journalists, who leave tortured journalists like Rozina Islam tactfully to get illegal facilities, can not be real journalists . No journalist should go to a risky place for investigative journalism without security. We also believe that increasing the security of honest, intrepid, investigative and active journalists also means ensuring our development and security because they always fight against ominous forces to protect us and present a safe and peaceful society. We firmly believe that the journalists of mass media will be capable of destroying all the ominous forces from this world if they are really united and active in all the situations. We are against all kinds of unlawful activities like torture, corruption, violence, injustice and so on but not any department or ministry. We also expect peace and order everywhere because we are peace-loving people. We also believe that the system of giving real criminals exemplary punishment is really capable of reducing the rising numbers of crimes and criminals in this world.
Now, it ’s actually evident that honest, fearless, investigative and active journalists like Rozina Islam are undoubtedly the gems of any country because their active, investigative and uncompromising roles against the ominous forces of this world are as a matter of fact commendable and unforgettable. We should always remember that the subtle conspiracy of breaking the unity among the journalists of mass media is also another ominous sign in the field of practising journalism honestly and freely. So, let’s work together to free our society and country from all kinds of ominous forces and unlawful activities permanently.
Writer’s: Md. Al Amin, B.A (Hons.) and M.A Department of English Language and Literature, Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University.