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Foreign minister 'disappointed' over envoys’ media freedom remarks

  • Published at 09:24 pm May 8th, 2020
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen
File photo of Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

Momen questions the motive behind such statements

Criticising tweets by several Dhaka-based diplomats on the necessity of freedom of expression in Bangladesh, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen described their remarks as "unfortunate, disappointing and unacceptable".

"They could have told us following diplomatic norms if they’ve anything to say," he told UNB on Friday.

Seven ambassadors, including that of the US, the UK and the European Union, said in separate tweets that it will not be a favourable situation if the voices of journalists are silenced.

They shared their thoughts on importance of the press and media freedom to ensure access to reliable and fact-based information amid Covid-19 pandemic.

Momen told the news agency that he spent a long time in the United States and he had never seen such an approach from diplomats there.

Also Read- 7 ambassadors tweet on the importance of freedom of speech

"We’re running our country in our own way. We know what to do. I’m very upset. This is very disappointing. This is very regrettable. This is not good at all," he was quoted saying.

The foreign minister said freedom cannot be honoured unless there is a responsibility, says the report.

Questioning the motive behind such statement, Momen apparently reminded the consequences of the any deviation from diplomatic norms.

“The Foreign Minister also voiced annoyance for giving such coverage by some media outlets on their remarks saying such practices are not seen elsewhere,” reads the UNB report.

Dhaka would have been glad if the envoys addressed the issue of RMG buyers cancelling orders or safety and support for Bangladeshi expatriates, Momen said.

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