Al Jazeera reports are intentional, propaganda: Quader

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DHAKA, Feb 3, 2021 (BSS) – Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader
today said the reports of Al Jazeera against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s
government are intentional ones and a dirty manifestation of propaganda.

“Media in Bangladesh have been working independently and criticising the
government. Even though the country’s active and vibrant media did not find
any information (regarding to reports of Al Jazeera), the Al Jazeera
Television broadcasted false information about Sheikh Hasina, which is very
condemnable,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, was speaking at a
press conference on the contemporary affairs at his official residence here.

Noting that those, who has been conducting propaganda against the country
and instigating people staying in London, have a connection with the Al
Jazeera reports, he said people think that these reports are part of London-
based intrigue and have no basis.

The AL general secretary said the Sheikh Hasina’s government has taken
harsher stance against corruption and irregularity and it has already made
its “zero tolerance policy” to graft clear.

He said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), within jurisdiction, is
working independently to check corruption in the country.

“Linking the responsibility of an individual to the head of the government
makes the principles of journalism questionable and it is not proper
journalism at all,” Quader said.

He said Sheikh Hasina is most successful prime minister after 1975 and her
courageous and skilled leadership is highly lauded around the world.

The conspiracies and propaganda against the country both at home and abroad
will not work, rather it will be a boomerang, he added.

Mentioning that the country’s people remain beside Sheikh Hasina, the AL
general secretary said the ruling AL candidates’ victory in the ongoing
municipality elections is an example of this despite propaganda against the
government.

He urged the Al Jazeera authorities not to be an aide of implementation of
anti-Bangladesh propaganda and not to release intentional, misleading and
one-sided reports.

“Those, who have not acknowledged the country’s independence, development,
achievements and progress yet, are engaged in a series of tactical
conspiracies of these reports,” Quader added.