Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has strongly criticized newspaper editors who published unverified reports fed by the intelligence agencies.
“The editors will be tried just like we are trying the war criminals,” Hasina said on Monday at a discussion of the Awami League to mark International Mother Language Day at the Bangabandhu International Convention Center.
The premier’s remarks come at a crucial time when numerous cases have been filed against The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam who recently confessed to publishing unverified reports during the regime of the army-backed caretaker government.
Criticizing newspapers for trying to portray her as a corrupt politician, Hasina further said, “Two newspapers even published reports by the army’s intelligence wing in order to remove me and Khaleda Zia from politics.”
“Mahfuz Anam even admitted that he tried to portray me as a corrupt politician,” PM Hasina added.
“He published every report by the DGFI without questioning it,” Hasina said, adding, “These editors will be tried just like war criminals.”
Mentioning that the truth will never stay hidden, Hasina further warned Mahfuz Anam that even his much revered World Bank could not tarnish her reputation, so it is highly unlikely that he would be able to pull it off.
“The country will be run by the Head of Government, not the DGFI,” Hasina said.