Published:  12:00 AM, 07 February 2016

BNP criticizes Daily Star’s role during crisis on democracy

BNP criticizes Daily Star’s role during crisis on democracy
After the agitation of Sajeeb Wazed Joy, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT affairs advisor, BNP has criticized about the baseless news published by The Daily Star during the military-backed caretaker government regime in 2007-08.
Criticizing the role of the English daily, on Saturday, BNP Joint Secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi questioned the role of the newspaper just days after it published a report on the former President and also founder of BNP Ziaur Rahman. Earlier on Wednesday, The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam admitted to his 'biggest mistake' in journalism, saying it was fatal mistake of him to run corruption stories against Sheikh Hasina during the caretaker regime. The BNP leader also chorused with Sajeeb Wazed Joy at the discussion in city's National Press Club.  On the occasion of the silver jubilee of The Daily Star its Editor Mahfuz Anam attended at a panel discussion in a private TV channel on the day, Anam told the talk-show host Munni Saha that his paper had been fed those graft stories by the military intelligence outfit DGFI.
In a social site, Sajeeb Wazed Joy has demanded that The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam be detained and tried for 'treason' for trying to facilitate a military coup by running a smear campaign against his mother Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also said, "By Mahfuz Anam's own admission he is completely unethical and a liar." He certainly has no right to remain a journalist, let alone an editor, Joy added. Just a day after Joy's maverick attitude, Rizvi showed his deep concern and dissatisfaction over the false and fabricated reports. Majority of the middle-class people are used to reading the English newspaper. Referring the day's of 1998-99, he said that the newspaper published an editorial entitled "Tribute to Zia."
How has the same newspaper published news on Zia in recent days indicating him cohort of the assassinators of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman? We are concerned and simply have no idea about the manner of the newspaper, Rizvi added.  He also blamed the role of the English daily during 1/11. The Awami League chief and also Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP chief former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia were among the top politicians to be arrested for corruption. All political activities were banned under the state of emergency. Freedom of expression was curbed in that time, he further said. However, he concluded his speech saying that BNP believes in democracy. He also anticipated that the next council of the party will create a new hope in the hearts of countrymen.

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