Duja condemns the incident of beating a journalist in Barisal University

Allegations have been made against Chhatra League for beating the executive member of Barisal University Press Club, Abu Ubaida. The Dhaka University Journalists’ Association (DUJA) strongly condemned and protested the incident.

At the same time, the organization has also demanded that exemplary punishment be taken against those involved in the incident.

Duja president Al Sadi Bhuiyan and general secretary Mohiuddin Mujahid Mahi made this demand in a joint statement on Sunday (July 7).

The leaders of the organization said that Abu Ubaida, the campus representative of Barisal newspaper, was attacked while performing his professional duties in front of the VC gate of Barisal University at around 5:30 pm last Thursday (July 4). Meanwhile, 5 to 7 BCL activists, including Shimul of the Management Department and Shishir Ahmed Sumon of the Accounting and Information Systems Department of the University, were ambushed by some students who identified themselves while trying to record a video of the tense situation between the BCL and the quota agitators. At one stage of the beating, the accused took away his mobile phone and forced him to delete videos from it, even threatening to kill him.

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They also said that the campus journalists always do their professional work with objectivity for the welfare of the university and general students by publishing true facts. According to Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the state laws, every journalist of the country has the right to do professional work independently. Article 39 of the Bangladesh Constitution guarantees freedom of thought and conscience, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. But through the attack on Abu Ubaida, an attempt has been made to suppress the voice of the press.

Leaders of DU Journalists’ Association said that journalists report news impartially as part of their ethical and professional responsibility. In this case, there is an opportunity to take legal stand if there is any complaint against them. But trying to stop journalism through unfair interference is contrary to the concept of freedom of journalism recognized in the Constitution and is tantamount to thumbing the thumb at the Constitution. Even any such incident has a negative impact on maintaining the overall security and normal environment of a higher education institution, which is very unfortunate.

Demanding justice for those involved in this unexpected incident, the leaders said that whoever was involved in this most despicable attack on Abu Ubaida should be arrested quickly and exemplary punishment should be ensured. Measures should be taken as per the policies or orders of Barisal University. Otherwise, the Dhaka University Journalists Association will be forced to announce strict programs against campus journalists of other universities.