The Editors’ Council on Monday expressed grave concern and condemned indiscriminate attacks on journalists covering the student protests demanding safe roads.
In a statement signed by the council secretary general Mahfuz Anam, it said, ‘Nearly two dozen photojournalists and reporters of newspapers and TV channels were physically assaulted including one from AP
[The Associated Press] and a freelance photographer who were mercilessly beaten up, by stick wielding activists in the presence of police who did nothing to protect journalists who were carrying out their professional work.’
‘These violent opponents of the movement for “Safe Roads” broke cameras and video equipment and took away mobile phones of several working journalists,’ it said.
The Editors’ Council ‘condemns these attacks on journalists and the role played by the police who allowed the attacks to continue without making any attempt to stop it,’ it said.
‘We would like to reiterate that freedom of expression and that of the media are guaranteed by the constitution of Bangladesh and not allowing the media to function freely ultimately destroys democracy which is one of the hard earned gains of our Liberation War,’ the statement said.
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