Journalists on Sunday demanded the withdrawal and arrest of Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali within 48 hours for his indecent and inappropriate comments against journalists.
They also asked the minister to withdraw his comment seeking apology.
Leaders of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) and Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) demanded the withdrawal of the minister at a protest rally held in front of National Press Club Sunday noon.
Bangladesh Federal Journalists Union president Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, secretary general Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, Dhaka Journalist Union president Altaf Mahmud and general secretary Quddus Afrad and Journalist Union leaders of Chittagong, Khulna, Rajshahi Bagura, Dinajpur, Jessore, Mymensingh, Narayanganj and Cox’s Bazar urged Mohsin Ali to withdraw his speech.
The journalists leaders said Mohsin Ali has been deliberating instigating speech against media and journalist community.
The use of words, speech and body language of the social welfare minister brought his education, taste and family tradition into questions, they said.
They also mentioned that his inferior mentality is undermining the dignity of the government and the cabinet.
The government should take effective measures to uphold the poiseness of the government, the leaders added.
Expressing wonder, they said Syed Mohsin Ali was trying to involve the people of Sylhet with his indecent activities.
‘But we are sure that the people of the sacred place will reject the instigating call of the minister and support the journalist community,” journos hoped.
Earlier on Saturday, Mohsin Ali said journalists are “uneducated, non-graduate and also characterless.”
The minister came up with the wrath while addressing a discussion programme at Sylhet Municipality auditorium on Saturday afternoon.
The journalists, who were present during the programme, boycotted it immediately after his speech. They also condemned the derogatory remarks by the minister.
He initiated derogatory remarks on journalists from the very beginning of his 40-minute speech.
He also shouted on journalists and roughly asked them to remove their cameras and microphones from in front the discussion table.
Addressing journalists, he said: "Go away from here. I am not here to see your [journalists'] faces."
“My daughter studied in journalism and completed her post graduation. But, other journalists just obtain academic degrees by only foot-stepping in college premises,” he said.
Calling journalists stupid, the angry minister said: “All are filthy corrupted and stupid also, they should know that my in-law’s house is in Sylhet and I can detonate them all by giving just an order to the people of the district.”
"I will see how much you can do after the formation of independent commission for the national broadcast policy," Mohsin threatened journalists.
The minister drew huge criticism over his recent comment on media coverage of Narayanganj seven-murder incident.
Minister Mohsin Ali, MP of Moulavibazar-3 constituency, triggered huge criticism by smoking on stage in a reception for school students on January 27.
Later he apologised on social media for smoking on stage.