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Dhaka Tribune

Journos demand justice over attack on media personnel on Oct 28

  • No action after two months
  • Emphasized on footage of those who openly attacked them
Update : 04 Jan 2024, 07:16 PM

Injured journalists and senior leaders formed a human chain to demand justice for those who attacked media workers on the day of BNP's general meeting on October 28. 

They said that journalists were attacked indiscriminately, but the administration took no action even after two months. They called for identifying the criminals and taking immediate legal action.

The journalists who were victims of the attack expressed these sentiments during a human chain demanding justice for those involved in the assault on journalists at the BNP rally in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Thursday.

The assaulted journalists emphasized that there is footage of those who openly attacked them, but no arrests have been made so far. They expressed their hope that the government would take appropriate action against those responsible for the attack.

Dip Azad, secretary-general of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), said: "The administration should identify those who brutally attacked journalists and bring them under the law." 

He further demanded that exemplary punishment be provided to the attackers.

Syed Shukur Ali, president of Dhaka Reporters Unity, said that on October 28, BNP aimed to create anarchy in the country, but journalists have to reveal everything. He accused BNP of attacking journalists to prevent their misdeeds from being exposed to the world.

Shakil Ahmed, member secretary of the Broadcast Journalist Centre (BJC), said: "Those who attack journalists should be protested in the same way. Journalists were attacked while covering a political party rally, an attempt was made to kill them by hitting them on the head. However, it has been two months, and no legal action has been taken, let alone a trial." 

He demanded identifying the culprits and bringing them to justice.

Shyamal Dutta, the general secretary of National Press Club, spoke on behalf of the journalists in the human chain, emphasizing that media should work independently, and that it is the responsibility of all political parties to ensure this. 

He expressed disappointment that no action had been taken by the administration against those who indiscriminately attacked journalists.

Omar Farooq, president of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, commented during the human chain: "BNP has proved that they are a terrorist group by attacking journalists on October 28. BNP is no longer a political party. If they were a political party, they would never have attacked journalists like this."

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