The movement of journalists will continue until the incident is resolved satisfactorily, journalist
Journalists have decided to hold massive demonstrations across the country on Thursday, in continuation of their protest against the probe into bank account details of 11 senior journalists.
Issuing a warning against such a move by the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit's (BFIU), the journalist leaders said their movement would continue until the incident is resolved satisfactorily.
The decision came at a human chain at the capital's National Press Club on Sunday.
Leaders of the National Press Club, two factions of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ), and Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) were present on the occasion.
While attending the human chain, National Press Club President Farida Yasmin said: "The home minister is not aware of the inquiry into our accounts neither is the information minister. Then where do we go? The journalists are being forced to confront the government.”
BFUJ President Mollah Jalal said: “The state can seek bank account details of any citizen. But the way the information was sought, targeting a specific group, is part of a deeper conspiracy.”
Demanding immediate withdrawal of such spearheading initiatives by the vested quarters, Mollah Jalal said the government agencies concerned can seek information on any unusual transaction or money laundering or militant financing via the bank accounts of a person, irrespective of his or her identity.
Earlier, on September 12, BFIU issued letters to all banks seeking account details of 11 prominent journalists who head different platforms.
The move was heavily criticized by the journalist leaders, groups and various human rights groups.
Former presidents of National Press Club Reazuddin Ahmed and Shawkat Mahmud, Joint Editor of Prothom Alo Sohrab Hasan, General Secretary of Jatiya Press Club Ilias Khan, Acting Secretary General of BFUJ Abdul Majid, President of another fraction of BFUJ M Abdullah and General Secretary Nurul Amin, President of DUJ Kader Gani Chowdhury and General Secretary Md Shahidul Islam also spoke, among others, on the occasion.