The Editors' Council has expressed concern as the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit (BFIU) has sought bank details of eleven journalist leaders. Recently the BFIU sought bank details of 11 leaders of top four organisations of the journalists including the president and general secretary of National Press Club, said a statement of the Editors' Council, issued on Thursday.
Editors' Council said there could investigations against any individual within the framework of law but seeking bank details of the top 11 leaders of a certain profession is motivated. Such a move was never taken against any specific profession in the past, the statement added.
The Editors' Council statement further said such a move is a pressure and threat to journalism as an independent profession.
Editors' Council president Mahfuz Anam and acting general secretary Dewan Hanif Mahmood signed the statement on behalf of the Council members.