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Journos protest ACC notice to their fellow

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Journalists from different media, who are working in Dhaka, on Wednesday staged a protest in front of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office demanding action against an ACC official who issued letter to surrender reporters for their news.
The journalists also asked the ACC to withdraw the controversial letter and seeking apology for their unexpected behaviour.
In its immediate action, the ACC issued a show-cause notice on its officer for dereliction of duty.
"The notice was served because ACC Director Sheikh Md. Fanafillah issued two letters for the same purpose with differing language," ACC Public Relations Officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya said.
On Monday, the ACC issued two notices asking online news portal Bangla Tribune's special correspondent Dipu Sarwar and ATN News' Emran Hossain Suman to appear before it on Wednesday morning to record their statements relating to few recent reports.
They wrote and aired reports as ACC Director Khandaker Enamul Basir leaked a probe report to Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Mizanur Rahman, who faces allegations of amassing illegal wealth.
According to the report, suspected DIG Mizan bribed many-with the help of some ACC officials-to quash the allegations brought against him. Abdul Doyas, a Bangladeshi living in the UK, negotiated with ACC officials for the bribes that Mizan offered.
The protest, which began on Wednesday, at 11am, in Segunbagicha, saw scores of journalists turn out to express their solidarity with their two summoned colleagues and decry the commission's notice.
Dhaka Union of Journalists President Abu Jafar Surjo said, "The summons issued against Dipu and Sumon must be withdrawn today. If not, we will go for stern protests. The ACC chairman cannot avoid responsibility for this.
"Reporters have to work together with the ACC to get rid of corruption in Bangladesh. However, the use of this language against reporters seems to imply that some people do not want a corruption-free Bangladesh," Abu Jafar added.
Razu Ahmed, former general secretary of the Dhaka Reporters' Unity, said the incumbent ACC chairman had restricted press access to the ACC office, but it was later sorted out..
Parvez Khan, former President of Crime Reporters' Association of Bangladesh, said, "The language used to summon Dipu is heinous and unacceptable. Journalists have begun a crusade against corruption. In the history of the ACC, no chairman has ever been as tyrannical as Iqbal Mahmood. They not only have to apologize and withdraw the letter, they have to issue a bond and pledge never to repeat this mistake."
The protesters threatened to continue their protests on Thursday at 10am if their four demands were not met within the day.

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