Hasan urges editors to be vocal against attack on media
DHAKA : Urging the editors to create public opinion against BNP-sponsored terrorism and violence, Information and Broadcasting Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud yesterday said the party (BNP) in fact, attacked the very existence of the state.
“BNP has created an unstable situation in the name of movement and an evil effort is being made to create instability and chaos in the country,” he said while exchanging views with the editors of daily newspapers at his office at secretariat here, reports BSS.
BNP activists attacked the residence of the Chief Justice, judges’ complex and hospital which never happened in the country’s history, he said.
The minister said BNP is carrying out mayhem across the country in the name of enforcing blockade. Their terrorist activities are not acceptable in any way, he said.
Hasan Mahmud said journalists, editors and mass media can mould up public opinion. But people of the country are unaware about their brutality even after attack on 30 on-duty journalists. Countrymen don’t know about the severity and cruelty of the attack on newsmen, he added.
He assured giving assistance to injured newsmen from the Journalists’ Welfare Trust Fund.
The Daily Observer editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said many journalists were injured on October 28. Even, BNP vandalized transports of mass media, he said.
The daily Amader Natun Somoy emeritus editor Naimul Islam Khan said attack of BNP on media is nothing new. They have the history of storming into Jatiya Press Club (JPC) and attacking journalists when was in power. The daily Bangladesh Today editor Dr. Jobaer Alam ,The daily Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamol Datta, Kaler Kantho editor Shahed Mohammad Ali, the Daily Sun chief editor Enamul Haque Chowdhury, the daily Bhorer Dak editor Belayet Hossain, the daily Kalbela editor Santosh Sharma, the daily Desh Rupantar acting editor Mostafa Mamun, Bangladesh Bulletin acting editor Rafiqul Islam Ratan, the daily Amader Somoy executive editor Mainul Alam, the daily Pratidiner Bangladesh editor Mustafiz Shafi, the daily Ajkaler Khabor Faruque Ahmed Talukder, the daily Sangbad Pratidin acting editor Riman Mahfuz, the daily Protidiner Sangbad acting editor Mahabubur Rahman, the daily Bangladesher Alo editor Mafizur Rahman Khan Babu, , the daily Peoples’ Life editor Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, the daily Amader Natun Somoy editor Nasima Khan Manti and the daily Bhorer Akash advisor editor Motahar Hossain, among others, addressed the meeting.