MNA National Desk: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia, blamed the Bangladesh Awami League (AL) government of attempting to create its control over the media and called on journalists to put up a united resistance against it.
“I urge the journalists to get united and create a strong resistance against the blueprint of putting the independence of press at stake,” she told in a message.
The former prime minister also added that, Khaleda delivered the message marking the closure of all newspapers, excluding four ones, on 16 June 1975.
“The 16 June 1975 is a black day in Bangladesh’s history as the then one-party BKSAL (Bangladesh Krisak Sramik Awami League) government had closed all the newspapers, except four loyal to it,” she claimed.
She said Ziaur Rahman, BNP founder, later reinstated democracy and the liberty of press. Khaleda said there is no different way to confirm the liberty of press for protecting democracy. “But, it’s a matter of regret that AL is following its old path and making all-out efforts to control the newspapers by oppressing journalists and dictating them.”
Khaleda said the journalists have been acting their professional responsibilities amid fear and anxiety in the country.
At the end of her message she said all journalist and media must remain conscious and endure their efforts to tackle the wicked forces so that no one can recurrence the ‘same dreadful’ occurrences as happened on 16 June 1975.
Earlier on 9 June she has fired back at Awami League and blamed the ruling party for the spate of targeted killings in recent months.
Her riposte follows Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s claim that the BNP-Jamaat alliance was responsible for the killings as they, in her opinion, have close ties with radicals. Referring to the murder of SP Babul Aktar’s wife Mahmuda in Chittagong, Khaleda said during an Iftar party that, the murder prove the deterioration of the law and order problem in Bangladesh.