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Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Journalists at risk

Government should ensure their safety

What one often tends to overlook is the fact that if journalists are under threat it is journalism that is under threat too. We thank the Information Minister for at least acknowledging the fact that journalists in Bangladesh are putting their life on the line in their line of duty. We also thank him for recognizing the truth that it is for the government to ensure that all impediments, including unnecessary harassment, not to speak of the threat to their life, are removed in order that they can work freely.

In this regard the recently published report of the South Asia Media Commission is worth the note, which, with regards to Bangladesh situation, blames the “harsh reprisals by political parties” on reporters whose reports are critical of the political parties or the government. Apart from the death of three journalists in 2012, including a journalist couple, a total of 137 journalists were also injured in 69 incidents of attacks in Bangladesh, according to the report

We accept the reality that our job is inherently risky, but in Bangladesh journalists have to face threats from various directions. There is the political pressure at every level including encumbrances faced from government agencies in the performance of journalistic duties. And this phenomenon is not regime-specific. This has been the prevailing situation regardless of whether there was autocratic or democratic rule. And if one were to take a stock of the list of journalists killed, one would find that the cause of their fate has been their professional commitment to reveal the wrongdoers and their wrongdoings.

Not only should the government ensure that all impediments facing the journalists in Bangladesh were removed, the mystery of the deaths of those killed must also be solved as soon as possible.

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In a democratic country, the role of journalists is important. As a last resort of mass people they fight to establish human rights and to progress democratic process. That is why sometimes they are considered as anti- government and attacked by the ruling party workers or miscreants. But the security of journalists is vital for safe journey of democracy and for freedom of speech. Obviously the government should ensure it.

: Muhammad Sharif Hosen

We must educate the law enforcement agents that under no circumstances a single journalist should be in any kind of danger while performing their great profession and if only our home minister, the secretary of home and IGP utter these words openly in their lecture or speech, I think we can be assured of it. But unfortunately that is not going to happen because the servant of the Republic fail to understand that upholding such spirit is at the best of their own society where they are member themselves including the own family and relatives. Despite all the promises from the PM, two home minister, both home secretaries, and many of the senior officers from police department…till this day we failed to see any progress to the brutal murder of the journalist duo in this city. Now, we must conclude that this murder was politically motivated; other why the administration is so indifferent? We are deeply observing the progress and if this government fails to show us any light people will ventilate their frustration one day, and that day may not be too far?

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee





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