TV Journalists Association Chittagong has given a memorandum to the Prime Minister to take action against Banshkhali MP Mostafiz in the incident of beating and attacking journalists in Chittagong.
On Thursday afternoon, TV Journalists Association President Nasir Uddin Tota and General Secretary Latifa Ansari handed over the memorandum to Deputy Commissioner Abul Basar Mohammad Fakhruzzaman at Runa Circuit House.
At that time, Deputy Commissioner Abul Basar Mohammad Fakhruzzaman expressed regret over the attack on journalists of the Deputy Commissioner’s office on November 30 and said that the attack on journalists is highly condemnable. He also said that the memorandum will be sent to the Prime Minister’s office for further action.
At that time, journalist leaders told the Deputy Commissioner that beating and threatening journalists in the performance of their professional duties is an interference on the freedom of the media. We have noticed the repetition of such incidents of MP Mostafizur Rahman at various times in the past. The incident of November 30 is part of its continuation. Beating and threatening journalists is an obstacle to free journalism.
TV Journalists Association Chittagong is expressing deep concern over such incidents that hinder the practice of free journalism. We strongly condemn and protest this incident. They also demanded that the controversial MP and nominee Mostafizur Rahman Chowdhury be given appropriate punishment considering the insults, beatings and threats to journalists and his release from all party positions.
It is to be noted that after submitting the nomination papers in front of Chittagong District Deputy Commissioner (Returning Officer) office last November 30 (Thursday), Mustafiz and his followers beat them and broke the camera-tripod when the media workers questioned them about the violation of code of conduct.
At that time, Independent Television reporter Rakib Uddin, videographer Taracharan Dasgupta, RTV videographer Emraul Kayes Mithu, Channel I department head Chowdhury Farid, cameraman Md. Several media workers including Solaiman were injured.