Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has said that government will monitor citizens including journalists while travelling abroad to check if they are doing anything that goes against the country’s image and interest.
He said the monitoring is not only for journalists but also for all citizens.
The foreign minister said those replying to a query of a senior journalist who wanted to know about an official communication urging the Bangladesh missions abroad to monitor Bangladeshi journalists travelling abroad to check their activities that might go against Bangladesh’s interest and image.
However, the FM assured that no journalist will face any barrier while travelling abroad.
“No journalist will face any barrier,” he said.
Earlier, former President of Diplomatic Correspondents Association, Bangladesh (DCAB) and current EC Member Masud Karim urged the foreign minister to withdraw the “discriminatory” instruction conveyed to the Bangladesh missions abroad tagging only the journalist community.
The foreign ministry yesterday conveyed the decision to heads of Bangladesh missions abroad, according to UNB.
“If anybody’s involvement is found against the interest and the image of the country, s/he must be identified and their negative activities must be reported back to Ministry of Foreign Affairs immediately,” the diplomat said quoting the message sent to the foreign missions.
The foreign ministry requested the heads of Bangladesh missions abroad to take necessary steps in this regard.