Bangladesh Nationalist party (BNP) on Wednesday alleged that the government has long been controlling the media as it does not believe in press freedom.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the allegation saying Awami League and press freedom don’t go together. The BNP leader also alleged that the government has been regulating the newspapers, UNB reports.
He came up with the remarks at a discussion meeting arranged by pro-BNP factions of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the World Press Freedom Day.
The BNP leader alleged that whenever Awami League comes to power it gags the media. “Awami League had controlled the media during its rule in the past, and that control has now intensified.”
He bemoaned that the country which had been liberated through a war for democracy and freedom of expression, now lacks freedom of newspapers and journalists.
“The country not only now lacks press freedom, but also lacks political and economic ones. Everything has gone under the control of Awami League,” he added.
Fakhrul urged all, including the journalists, to get united putting aside misunderstanding and division among them to overcome the situation and restore democracy in the country.
Addressing the programme, BFUJ and DUJ leaders alleged that the government is repressing journalists and regulating the media to stop their voice against its misdeeds.
Later, Fakhrul inaugurated a photography exhibition on repression on journalists during the rule of the current government.