PM bashes Dr Kamal for threatening journalists

DHAKA, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today visibly bashed opposition Jatiya Oikya Front convenor Dr Kamal Hossain for issuing threats to newsmen saying what type of governance someone could deliver who intimidates reporters just for asking a question.

It's being understood that what type of good governance they will deliver

if they assume state power as they threat reporters to scare them shouting

'khamosh' (shut up), a premier's office spokesman quoted her as saying.

PM's Assistant Press Secretary Asif Kabir said Sheikh Hasina, however,

expected no such threat could bar the free and fair journalism in the


According to the spokesman, the premier's comments came as Jamuna

Television's Senior Reporter Bhaskor Bhaduri informed the premier that he was

threatened by the Oikya Front leader as he met her on the sidelines of a

discussion and said he felt unsecured receiving such threats.

The prime minister asked Bhashkar not to be worried about his security.

Dr Kamal Hossain threatened reporters including Bhashkor

when he was asked about his position on the JamaateIslami which openly

opposed Bangladesh's Liberation War in 1971.

Think of the martyrs. Think of the martyrs. Just stop it, shut up

(khamosh)! Which newspaper are you from? I will keep you in memory, he told


One of the reporters asked Dr Kamal why Jamaat, whose registration has

been canceled by the Election Commission, is contesting the polls with the

Jatiya Oikyafront.

Kamal said: How much money have you got to ask such questions Who paid


Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)