Columnist Farhad Mazhar said media gave birth to terrorism in the country, and that journalists “deserved” to be bombed.
Speaking at a talk show programme in a private television channel Monday night, Mazhar blamed the media for the current situation of the country.
“The media of today is not neutral, against democracy and the people,” he said.
Asserting that the media did not protest the actions against daily Amar Desh, Channel One, Diganta Television and Mahmudur Rahman, Mazhar said: “You [journalists] should be bombed.”
Mazhar alleged that the media of today ignored the opposition. “Such ignorance will eventually lead to bombings. The bombings in recent times has been very little, I think it should have been more.”
The columnist was speaking at a late night talk show “Ekusher Raat” that airs on Ekushey Television.
On Saturday evening, ahead of the 60-hour shutdown from Sunday, handmade explosives were hurled inside the compounds of private television Channel Ekattor.
The explosions led to the channel's Senior Newsroom Editor Jakaria Akand Biplob getting severely injured. He is now undergoing treatment at Combined Military Hospital.
On the same day, controlled explosions were carried out at the privately operated Mohona Television and Desh Television and the offices of the daily newspaper Bhorer Kagaj.
On the second day of the shutdown on Monday, journalist Rashed Nizam was injured when crude bombs were hurled towards a van of Channel 24.
Another car belonging to the channel SATV also fell prey to a crude bomb on the same day.
On Tuesday crude bombs were set off near the bdnews24.com offices nearing the end of the 60-hour shutdown.