American media would not entertain remarks of Bangladesh ambassador on US shootings, Dr Momen says
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday suggested that the media boycott and stop giving publicity to statements from foreign missions expressing concern over Bangladesh’s internal issues, saying Bangladesh never expresses concerns over any matter in the US or elsewhere.
“This should be boycotted. You (media) should stop giving publicity of this sort of nuisance,” he told reporters at his office at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Responding to a question, Dr Momen said the American media would never entertain remarks if the Bangladesh ambassador there expressed concern over killing in schools, malls or restaurants.
The foreign minister said they do not have any objection if the people of this country express concern over anybody's death.
Thirteen ambassadors and high commissioners stationed in Dhaka on Friday urged the government of Bangladesh to conduct a "swift, transparent, and independent inquiry" into the full circumstances of writer Mushtaq Ahmed’s death.
They represented members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD group of nations, with missions in Dhaka. The diplomats of the OECD member countries made the call in a joint statement expressing their “grave concern” over the death in custody of Mushtaq Ahmed on February 25. The OECD is a group of 37 rich or “first world” nations.
Mushtaq had been held in pre-trial detention since May 5, 2020, under provisions of the Digital Security Act (DSA).
Dr Momen said death in jail is a common phenomenon in every country, even the US.
He added that the strange thing is that when someone dies in jail in Bangladesh, they (foreign envoys) create hype over it and the media in the country gives it publicity.
He also reminded newsmen that if a Bangladeshi envoy expresses concern over a custodial death in a foreign country then it would not get any coverage in the media of the respective country.
Responding to a question, the foreign minister said no official in the US raised the issue of the Al Jazeera report on Bangladesh, saying it was a big drama with many mismatches.
Terming the Al Jazeera report a “mere drama,” the foreign minister said if the content of the report was true, the government would have definitely investigated it.
Dr Momen said such discussion on the Al Jazeera drama is only seen in Bangladesh.
He said it was a hectic tour for him in the US and he had attended 20 programs in just four days. “I was the first foreign minister to visit the US after the new US Administration took over the charge. We discussed all important issues.”
Dr Momen said they discussed the Rohingya repatriation issue, investment and trade, as the two countries want to work very closely.