Rizvi criticises Star editor for his article | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 19, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:36 AM, September 19, 2020

Rizvi criticises Star editor for his article

The BNP yesterday harshly criticised The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam for his commentary on democracy and alleged that it was against the party. 

On International Day of Democracy (September 15), Anam wrote an article titled "After 30 years of autocracy's demise, democracy still remains a distant dream".

The party held a press briefing at its Nayapaltan headquarters to give a formal reaction about the article.

BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, along with former student leaders, addressed the press briefing.

Rizvi alleged that in the article, the writer has given false, misleading, motivated and irrelevant opinions on former prime minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.

He claimed that the direct and indirect remarks of the writer about Khaleda has created a negative impression in the public mind.

"It is tantamount to yellow journalism and praising of the incumbent 'midnight government'," he said.

Rizvi also alleged that Anam's writing about the August 21 grenade attack reflected nothing but the prime minister's and her cabinet members' propaganda and falsehood.

"Vision and mission of his [Anam's] writing was to publish false and baseless stories against the BNP," he added.

The BNP leader said it seems the only target of Anam is to please the government.

The party alleged that Anam, along with some other civil society members, was engaged in a deep conspiracy to establish an unconstitutional 1/11 government, killing democracy.Rizvi said when the army-backed caretaker government assumed office, Anam wrote an article claiming his success in bringing in the then Fakhruddin government to office.

The Daily Star published articles welcoming the army-backed undemocratic and autocratic government, he said.

Rizvi alleged that Anam played an important role in creating grounds to arrest political leaders, publishing false and baseless reports against them.

"We think his article cries crocodile tears for democracy and is a new edition of yellow journalism," he said. 


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