11 Journo Leaders: Editors’ Council concerned over seeking bank account details
The Editors' Council (Sampadak Parishad) expressed concern that the Bangladesh Financial Intelligence Unit recently sought bank account details of 11 journalist leaders.
The 11 journalists, including the president and general secretary of the Jatiya Press Club, are leaders of four top associations of journalists in the country, the council said in a statement issued yesterday.
An individual can be investigated over allegations according to the law. But seeking the bank account details of 11 leaders -- belonging to the same profession -- is ill-motivated and unprecedented, it said.
The council thinks that such an incident is a threat to independent journalism.
On behalf of the council, the statement was issued by its President Mahfuz Anam and acting general secretary Dewan Hanif Mahmud.