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BNP slams move to monitor journos while abroad

19 May,2017

 

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

BNP on Friday strongly denounced the Foreign Ministry’s circular to monitor the activities of Bangladeshi journalists while traveling abroad, saying it has exposed the government’s Baksali attitude.

“Mass media and journalists are one of the basic pillars of democracy. Their freedom has now been squeezed in Bangladesh. Now their movement will be monitored. Only brutal Baksal government can behave in things like this. We strongly condemn and protest it,” said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

He came up with the remarks while speaking at a human chain programme arranged by Swadhinata Forum in front of the Jatiya Press Club, demanding the release of BNP vice chairman Barkatullah Bulu and joint secretary general Khaiurul Kabir Khokan.

The Foreign Ministry on Wednesday instructed all of its foreign missions to monitor the activities of Bangladeshi journalists abroad and report to Dhaka.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, however, on Thursday said journalists will face no obstacle during their travel abroad and performing professional duties there.

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