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Journalist leaders' bank account details sought to gag media: BNP

Published : Saturday, 18 September, 2021 at 9:28 PM  Count : 377

Journalist leaders' bank account details sought to gag media: BNP

Journalist leaders' bank account details sought to gag media: BNP

BNP on Saturday alleged that Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) of the central bank sought the bank account details of 11 journalist leaders as part of a government move to gag the media.

"The government has long been enacting various black laws to suppress the media. They're now trying to shut online news portals through court," said BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, reports UNB.

Speaking at a protest rally in the city's Nayabazar area, he also said the Bangladesh Bank has now started harassing journalists by sending letters to them (seeking their bank account details) to silence them. "Basically, they're taking these steps to gag the media and suppress people."

Local BNP leaders and activists arranged the programme protesting a 'false' campaign against BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and his family members.

The BFIU has recently issued letters to commercial banks asking for details of bank accounts of 11 journalist leaders.

Rizvi alleged that Awami League leaders -- from the Prime Minister to ministers --have been carrying out propaganda against Zia and his family members to mislead people. "But people have turned down the false campaigns with hatred."

He said the government has failed to deliver on all fronts as its main focus is on corruption, not on people's welfare.

"The government set a new record of corruption in Bangladesh history during its current tenure. It has lost the ground beneath its feet. The global community has also turned its back on the government," the BNP leader said.

Rizvi said different countries in the world are also calling for the restoration of democracy in Bangladesh alongside the country's people. "The United States, the United Kingdom, and the European Union are mounting pressure for strengthening democracy in Bangladesh."

He said their party together with people will force the current government to restore democracy in the country.


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