Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, ‘How do they talk about or practice democracy who came to power illegally by using arms?’ She said this while inaugurating the biennial conference of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) at National Press Club in Dhaka.
She said, ‘Those who came to power after August 15, 1975, did not want an independent country. When the trial of the war criminals began, they stopped it. Ziaur Rahman took power illegally. He contributed to bringing the tradition of yes or no vote in the presidential election and the parliamentary election in 1979 and rigged the election in the country. His goal was to remain in power by creating an elite group and then relying on them.’
Referring to the new Digital Security Act, she said, ‘The journalists do not get harassed under our government. So, there is nothing to be afraid of the new Digital Security Act.’
She reasoned, ‘Going through the newspapers of last 15 days, I found more criticism than praise of this government. However, what I want to say to the journalists not to write something that damages the interest of the country. At least publish the news on the development of the country. Also, do not publish such news that leaves an adverse effect on the delicate minds of the children. Try to avoid the mentality of criticizing only.’
She further said, ‘The founding Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was also involved with journalism at some point in his life. Therefore, I’m also from a family of a journalist. If you read the page 88 of ‘The Unfinished Memoirs’ by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, you’ll find the truth about this.’
Information Minister HasanulHaq Inu and State Minister of Ministry of Information Tarana Halimwere also present on the occasion.