Following are the comments made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina about The Daily Star Editor and Publisher Mahfuz Anam, while delivering a speech yesterday, marking her homecoming from exile in 1981. We publish it verbatim.
The Daily Star celebrates Mahfuz Anam's spectacular journey of 25 years with the newspaper as its editor.
I always read Mr. Mahfuz Anam's analysis with keen interest as I feel that whatever issues he deals with, he is outspoken, courageous and writes out of a deep love for the country.
We are fighting ceaselessly against the distortion of our history; let us not do the same ourselves. As far as the DS is concerned, when none of the AL leaders, none of the newspapers of the country dared to open their mouths against the Chief of Army Staff's (CAS) tacit intention to create 'our own' brand of democracy, it was only Mahfuz Anam who had the bravado to write a commentary under the heading, “Gen Moeen goes public on politics.”
Reacting to the prime minister’s speech blasting editors of two top newspapers, BNP leader Maj (retd) Hafizuddin Ahmed says going after editors is an old habit of Awami League.
BNP leader Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir says cases filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam prove that the country is facing a crisis of free-thinking.