Thursday, October 17, 2019 | ePaper

Journos protest ACC notice to their fellow

  • Print
Staff Reporter :
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Dhaka Union of Journalists President Abu Jafar Surjo said, "The summons issued against Dipu and Sumon must be withdrawn today.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.

More News For this Category

Police obstructed a procession of Non-Monthly Pay Order (MPO) teachers near the Kadam Fountain intersection in front of Jatiya Press Club before marching towards the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday.

Police obstructed a procession of Non-Monthly Pay Order (MPO) teachers near the Kadam Fountain intersection in front of Jatiya Press Club before marching towards the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on Thursday.


FIFA to back BD's soccer dev efforts

FIFA to back BD's soccer dev efforts

UNB, Dhaka :President of the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) Gianni Infantino on Thursday said, FIFA will continue its support to Bangladesh for the promotion of its football.Gianni

Foreigners in S Africa appeal to be relocated after attacks

Foreigners in S Africa appeal to be relocated after attacks

AFP, Cape Town :Hundreds of foreign nationals on Wednesday took to the streets of Cape Town, demanding to be relocated from South Africa after camping at the UN refugee

Man held with Yaba from SBMC interns hostel

UNB, Barishal :Police on Thursday arrested a man along with 520 Yaba pills from a dormitory of interns at Sher-e-Bangla Medical College (SBMC) in the district.Rifat Khan Ronti, a

Pelosi walks out of Trump meeting after he calls her 'third-grade' politician

Irish TimesĀ  :US president Donald Trump and House speaker Nancy Pelosi have traded verbal blows after a fractious meeting at the White House.Mr Trump called Ms Pelosi is a

Catalan regional chief calls for independence vote

Reuters, Barcelona :Catalonia should hold a new vote on independence from Spain within two years, the head of the region's government said on Thursday in a fresh challenge to

Pry school teachers continue work abstention

Staff Reporter :The assistant teachers of government primary schools continued their work abstention programme for the consecutive three days across the country on Thursday for the realisation of upgrading

ACC starts case against Moosa Bin Shamsher

Staff Reporter :The Anti-Corruption Commission has initiated a case against controversial businessman Moosa Bin Shamsher on charges of forging the registration documents of a car imported under the 'Carnet

Motorcyclist killed in road crash on Hanif Flyover

Staff Reporter :A motorcycle rider died andĀ  two others including a woman got injured in a motorcycle accident on the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Flyover, Dhaka on Thursday around 2:30

Five killed in Kashmir's deadliest day since losing special status

The Guardian :Five people were killed in Indian-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, thought to be the deadliest day in the region since it was stripped of its autonomy this summer.Two