The government has established full control of the media, creating a divide between journalists
BNP Secretary General, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, says many BNP leaders and activists are pulling rickshaws and working as street vendors in Dhaka to earn a living.
“Leaving their localities, many leaders and activists of BNP and its associate bodies, including Chhatra Dal, have been going through a tough time for lack of jobs. They're pulling rickshaws and working as street vendors. Some of them have even committed suicide, failing to get jobs. This is the reality now,” said the senior BNP leader.
He said the government has established full control over the media by creating a division among journalists and their organizations, reports UNB.
“This fascist regime has brought all the state machinery, including the judiciary and administration, under its control. They're also now controlling the ownership of media outlets," he said.
Speaking at the annual council of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), the BNP leader further said: "The government has even established its full control over the organisations of journalists by creating a division among them."
He said many journalists are going through serious financial crises losing their jobs as a consequence of the current politics and governing system.
Fakhrul said the Awami League created a similar crisis after the Liberation War of the country.
“At that time, a group of ruling party men formed JSD, leaving Awami League, and many of them were killed for opposing the then government...those who spoke the truth at that time were repressed and kept in jail."
The BNP leader said Awami League branded all its opponents as collaborators after independence. "We know very well what the Awami League actually is."
He accused the government of keeping BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in jail for 'false cases' with a political motive of denying her bail.
"We're repeatedly speaking against it and trying to wage a movement. But all the movements may not be always successful. It's very tough for a democratic force to fight against a fascist regime."
Fakhrul, however, told BNP leaders and activists not to get upset as truth and justice will finally prevail, and evil forces will be defeated. "The people of Bangladesh never get defeated. So, we'll also be victorious."