Dhaka mulls over legal action against Al Jazeera

Diplomatic Correspondent

4 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government is looking into legal action against Qatar-based TV channel Al Jazeera for spreading false information through its report, said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Wednesday.

“We can obviously take legal action against misinformation in the (Al Jazeera) report … we’re looking into it,” he told reporters at his office.

Momen said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had never appointed anybody as her bodyguard. “Her party men are always her bodyguards," he said, adding that it was the party men, not the bodyguards, who protected her from the barbaric August 21 grenade attack.

Al Jazeera has lost its credibility by running such a story completely based on falsehood and misinformation, he said.

Bangladesh on Tuesday officially rejected the report titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” calling it “false and defamatory” and a desperate “smear campaign” instigated by extremists and their allies, working in London and elsewhere.