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Protests continue against Prothom Alo

Published : 06 Apr 2023 09:54 PM

Leaders of different socio-cultural organisations, teachers of different universities, poets, writers and other professional bodies continued their protests against the daily Prothom Alo’s bad journalism and disgracing the Independence of Bangladesh.

As part of their continuous protests, under the banner of ‘Swadhin-Sochetan Nagorij Somaj’ (Independent-Conscious Citizens’ Society) they formed a human chain and held a rally at the central Shaheed Minar in capital Dhaka on Thursday.     

At the programme, they termed daily Prothom Alo as anti-liberation force and also demanded the cancellation of its registration for its report insulting the independence of Bangladesh.

The participants of the programme in their speeches condemned the bad journalism by the Bangla daily and demanded punishment to those who were involved in the process.

While addressing the rally, Dhaka University vice-chancellor Professor Dr Md Akhteruzzaman said the daily Prothom Alo published such a report insulting the Independence intentionally to patronize the anti-liberation forces.

“Despite there are ethics in journalism, the Prothom Alo did not follow them”, said the DU VC.

He urged all the people of the country to become united and vocal against such bad journalism.

Shahriar Kabir, president of the 'Ekattorer Ghatak-Dalal Nirmul Committee, said that the news published by Prothom Alo on Independence Day cannot be called only bad journalism or yellow journalism, the report undermined the dignity of our Independence. Prothom Alo published the news purposefully, he added

He also said that conspiracies are being hatched against the independence of Bangladesh continuously. 

"We demand to the government that strict laws must be enacted immediately to punish those who insult the liberation of the country.

Supreme Court lawyer and founder president of 'Bangabandhu Foundation', Abdul Malek, who filed the case against Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman for publishing reports insulting the Independence of Bangladesh, in his speeches demanded cancellation of registration of Prothom Alo and blacklisting it.

Dhaka University Teachers Association (DUTA) President Professor Nizamul Haque Bhuiyan, General Secretary Professor Dr. Zeenat Huda, cultural personalities Pijush Banerjee, film actor Riaz, Urmila Srabanti Kar, Tareen Jahan, Tanveen Sweety, Shahed Sharif Khan, Shamima Tushti, Subhra Dev, among others spoke the rally.

Meanwhile Chattogram University Teachers’ Association (CUTA) condemned and protested the fabricated report of Prothom Alo undermining the country’s independence and overall economic progress and infrastructural development.

The teachers’ body also expressed deep concern over the situation arisen centring the report published on March 26, said a statement of the CUTA on Thursday.   

Following the landmark victory in the last three consecutive parliament elections, the government led by Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina, which was formed on January 7 in 2019 for the third time in a raw, has been running the state very efficiently, they said.

During this period, the country witnessed remarkable progress in all indexes of development and the country is now at the final stage to be upgraded to developing country from the least developed status, they added.

If this progress continues, Bangladesh will be transformed into a developed and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ as dreamt by Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman soon, said the statement.

When the whole world is facing economic recession triggered by the global pandemic Coronavirus and Russia-Ukraine war, selecting the great Independence and National Day for publishing the report on commodity prices by the reporter was a planned effort to create a negative impression about the independence in the minds of people, it said.

CUTA thought that the concerned persons might have published the report being instigated by the anti-liberation forces, the statement added.

The CUTA urged the people concerned to deal with the situation arisen centering the report properly so that the anti-democratic and anti-liberation forces could not cash the issue to tarnish the image of the government at home and abroad.