Sydney Press and Media Council, the largest organisation of Bangladeshi-Australian journalists, has condemned recent wave of assault on the journalists in Bangladesh during the month of August.

In those incidents, more than 40 journalists from different news outlets have been assaulted on the streets while documenting the attack of police and pro-government goons on school-children protesters.

The report says armed men apparently loyal to the government attacked protesters demanding safer road system and media representatives covering their protests. Some of the journalists were severely beaten and later hospitalized.

On Sunday 12 August 2018, a protest meeting was held by Sydney Press and Media Council (SPMC) in Lakemba, a largely Bangladeshi populated suburb of Sydney. They expressed their unity with the journalists in Bangladesh, condemned those incidents of assault and demanded that the Bangladesh government take steps to bring the criminals to justice.

Suprovat Sydney Editor-in-Chief Abdullah Yousuf addressing the meeting

The meeting was chaired by Suprovat Sydney Editor-in-Chief Abdullah Yousuf and moderated by Bangladesh Journalists Rights Forum member and SPMC General Secretary Mohammed Abdul Matin.

The council President Dr Enamul Haque joined the meeting through teleconference while other journalists including Islami Betar Sydney representative Shibly Abdullah, BDnews24 representative Naiem Abdullah, Shwadhin Kontho Chief Editor Abdul Awal Khan, Suprovat Sydney Editor Dr Faroque Amin, reporter Golam Mostafa, Ausbulletin Editor Dr Fazle Rabbi joined the discussion and showed concern.

Moreover, some other community leaders and organisers were present there to demonstrate their support.


SPMC Secretary General Mohammed Abdul Matin giving his speech

According to the participating journalists and media representatives, the journalists work as exponents of truth and safeguart the interests of the masses.

The government should protect them from any attack. However the opposite is happening currently in Bangladesh. This shows a dark future for democracy in the country.

The SPMC condemns those attacks on the journalists along with members of the public in Bangladesh, and demands justice to be served there promptly.