Govt actions don’t match President’s speech: Bnp

Govt actions don’t match President’s speech: Bnp

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday alleged that though president Abdul Hamid advocated for a free media for democracy, the government is working against his spirit.
“A few days back, the president at the 25th founding anniversary programme of The Daily Star suggested journalists to call a spade a spade with courage. He also said any attack on the press is also a great threat for democracy,” Rizvi said.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “But, what are we seeing in practice? The government’s actions are completely contrary to the president’s remarks.”
Justifying his allegation, the BNP leader said the government has shut down Amar Desh, Diganta Television, Channel 1, Islamic TV and detained journalists like Shawkat Mahmud and Mahmudur Rahman.
He alleged that the government is making various evil efforts so that Mahmudur Rahman cannot come out of jail. “They’re now trying to implicate him in more false cases only to harass him.”
The BNP leader also alleged that Mahmudur Rahman is not getting released only because of the attorney general’s obstruction. “The government has kept him in jail for nearly three years for committing no crime. He got bail from the High Court in all the cases filed against him, but he is not getting released.”
He demanded the government immediately release Mahmudur Rahman, Shawkat Mahmud, BNP leaders MK Anwar, Mirza Abbas, Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anee and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman. – Agencies

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