Foreign minister AH Mahmood Ali on Thursday defended the ministry’s instructions asking Bangladesh missions abroad to monitor activities of journalists travelling abroad.
Journalists here ‘are writing whatever they want’, he said at a press conference, ‘It should be monitored what they do after going abroad’.
He said journalist community should support the measures to check whether anything is being done abroad against the country’s interest.
The foreign ministry on Wednesday issued a notification asking all Bangladesh missions abroad to monitor ‘Bangladeshi journalists’ in order to keep track of their activities ‘whenever travelling’ to respective host countries.
Ali said it is ‘duty’ of the government to keep persons travelling abroad under surveillance for protecting national interests. ‘It does not mean that all are being controlled.’
He said no journalist was facing any barrier while going abroad. ‘Let me know if anyone is barred,’ he added.
The notification was issued after the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry asked the ministry for taking necessary steps to monitor if any journalist ‘gets engaged in activities abroad against the interests of the country’.
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