Freedom sans responsibility may result in chaos: FM

Diplomatic Correspondent

22 May, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said that freedom without responsibility may result in social chaos and indiscipline.

He conveyed this message to the European Ambassadors based in Dhaka during a meeting through videoconferencing on Wednesday. Citing example, Momen said in the name of freedom of choice, no one is allowed to open assault rifle to kill people in a crowded mall or at a public school, neither one is allowed to incite or provoke people with fabricated stories to lawlessness. 

He said that the government always considered the freedom of the press to be an important tool for effective governance in a democratic society.

Ambassadors of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the European Union Delegation in Dhaka participated in the meeting and discussed various issues, including freedom of press, COVID-19 pandemic and Rohingya crisis.

Momen said there are nearly 33 private TV networks, hundreds of dailies plus a flood of online services which many countries even in Europe don’t have. “There is complete freedom of speech and media.”

Bangladesh is hosting over 1.1 million forcibly displaced Myanmar’s national Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar district and most of them arrived there since August 25, 2017 after a brutal military crackdown by security forces of Myanmar, which the UN called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” and other rights groups dubbed as “genocide”.

The Foreign minister has urged the EU member states to share with Bangladesh the burden of sheltering persecuted Rohingyas by relocating them in Europe or in other third countries. In this regard, he stressed that providing shelter to Rohingyas was not the responsibility of Bangla-desh alone.