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DU Teachers' Association: Al Jazeera report a conspiracy against Bangladesh

  • Published at 08:57 pm February 4th, 2021

Muktijuddho Moncho burns David Bergman’s effigy

Denouncing the recent Al Jazeera report, “All the Prime Minister’s Men”, the Dhaka University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) on Thursday said what the Qatar-based news organization had published under the pretext of investigative journalism was nothing but a conspiracy against Bangladesh.

In a statement signed by its President, Prof Rahmat Ullah, and General Secretary Prof Nizamul Hoque Buiyan, the DUTA said the report went against journalistic ethics as Al Jazeera had aired several persons’ comments with music and special effects instead of actual evidence.

The individuals whose statements Al Jazeera used as its source of information had been involved in conspiracies against Bangladesh for a long time, the DUTA claimed. 

“The Qatar-based media outlet has been working on behalf of anti-liberation forces for some time,” the teachers’ organization stated, adding that Al Jazeera had become used to “non-objectivity” when it ran stories regarding Bangladesh. 

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Terming the documentary propaganda which could disrupt Bangladesh’s continued development, the DUTA alleged that the move had been deliberately made to destabilize the country. 

The teachers’ body, comprising 15 pro-Awami League teachers of the Blue Panel of DU, urged Al Jazeera to remain objective and unbiased in its reporting. 

The DUTA also requested the government to take necessary measures against all conspirators who wished to harm the country. 

David Bergman’s effigy burnt

Meanwhile, a faction of the Muktijuddho Moncho, a platform bringing together descendants of freedom fighters, burnt an effigy of the British human rights activist and investigative journalist David Bergman at the DU campus to protest his involvement with the Al Jazeera report.

Another faction, the Bangladesh Muktijuddho Moncho, demanded that Al Jazeera’s broadcasting be stopped in Bangladesh. 

Both groups condemned Bergman for appearing on “All the Prime Minister’s Men” as a commentator.