Like Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also stands by newspapers, journalists: Dipu Moni

Dipu Moni said BNP attacked journalists while on power, and urged all to move forward with positive mind.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday said like Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, his worthy daughter and the present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stands beside the newspapers and the journalists.

While addressing the cheque-distribution ceremony among the journalists at Chandpur district Shilpakala Academy as the chief guest, she said, “As Bangabandhu stood by newspaper-journalists, today his daughter also stands by the journalists irrespective of party affiliation.”

Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Chandpur Press Club jointly organized the program.

Dipu Moni added that journalism is a noble profession and urged all concerned to move forward with positive mindset. She said, “We have seen that Begum Zia and her party (BNP) attacked on journalists while in power. Those who are agitating today have led to the destruction of the country every time they have come to power.”

She mentioned they (BNP men) came to power either through the back door or through pointing the gun-barrel. Those who talked about human rights today, where were their human rights, when people’s houses were set on fire and many women were raped for the crime of voting for Awami League in 2001.

She raised the question, “Where was the human rights when journalist Humayun Kabir Balu was killed?”

Cheques worth Tk17 lakh were distributed among 82 journalists. Subhash Chandra Badal, managing director of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust addressed the ceremony as a special guest.

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