No space for war criminals, militants, arsonists in democracy: Inu
14 April 2015, Nirapad News: “Extending the meaning of (democratic) inclusion to ensure participation of militants, war criminals and arsonists would be stretching it too far. Besides it would be disastrous for democracy and the polity,” Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today.
He was speaking at the Iftar Mahfil organized by the Sub-editors’ Council.
The minister said that the sub-editors were a critical element in journalism. “They are the principal gatekeepers,” he said.
“Much depends on what they feel to be news as the nation gets its information through them”, he said.
The minister requested them to dispense their responsibility with due diligence keeping in mind the overall perspective.
Inu said that he expected all journalists and the nation to unite for the punishment of arsonists as they had during the War of Liberation and the trial of war criminals.
“Politics cannot remain hostage to war criminals, arsonists and robber barons,” he said. “Those who were spared after 1971 organized the killing of Bangabandhu in 1975 and the attack on Sheikh Hasina on August 21, 2004. We’ve learnt our lessons. We will not spare any criminal in future. We will try them all, “he said emphatically.
He assured the newspersons that the government had the best interests of the media in mind and that the government had already taken a number of steps for their benefit that included the establishment of the Journalists’ Welfare Trust. He asked the sub-editors to send their list of distressed and needy colleagues, too. Referring to their lack of office space, he said if they came to know of any khash land then they should inform the ministry about it.
“In future, the government has plans for the betterment of the journalistic community and their professional security, “he said.
“But then, perhaps, it is not too much to expect if we demand transparency in all activities including those of the media, “he added.
Samakal editor Golam Sarwar, Jatiya Press Club president Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman and general secretary Qamrul Islam Chowdhury, chief editor of Boishaki Television Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul, BFUJ secretary general Abdul Jalil Bhuiyan, DUJ General secretary Quddus Afrad, vice president of the council KM Shahidul Haq and general secretary Abul Kalam Azad also addressed the discussion.
Council President Nasima Akthar Soma presided over the function.