The campus journalists of Jagannath University on Thursday demanded resignation of the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University vice-chancellor.
The journalists— in collaboration with Campus Journalists Federation— demanded immediate removal of BSMRSTU VC Khondokar Md Nasiruddin for applying ‘draconian laws in running university and affronting Fatema Tuz Zinia, a campus reporter of BSMRSTU in Gopalganj’.
The demand came from a human chain under the banner of Jagannath University Journalists’ Association on the campus around 12:00pm.
The agitators also demanded safety of Fatema Tuz Zinia.
Earlier on September 10, the BSMRSTU authorities suspended Fatema Tuz Zinia for her posts on social media which the authorities claimed had tarnished the university’s image. But Zinia claimed that she did not post anything derogatory— she faced suspension for her reports on irregularities and corruption in the university.
Earlier, Fatema Tuz Zinia filed a general diary with Gopalganj sadar police station seeking security of her life as she received threats from unknown persons on social media and in person.
The suspension of the female journalist sparked criticism on the social media. Many demanded withdrawal of the suspension notice, unconditional removal of vice-chancellor of the university and proper investigation into the corruption allegations brought against VC. Although the university authorities on Wednesday served a notice claiming that a section of teachers and fellows, on behalf of Faatema Tuz Zinia, had sought apology to the authorities concerned and they withdrew her suspension order.
JnUJA president Humayun Kabir Himu, among others, addressed the human chain.
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