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Insulting Journo over Published Report

HC terms Teknaf UNO wrongheaded

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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HC terms Teknaf UNO wrongheaded

The High Court (HC) has reprimanded Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) of Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar for using abusive language to a local journalist over phone, centering on a news report.   

A Division Bench comprising Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder and Justice Khizir Hayat also termed the UNO wrongheaded.

The HC reacted strongly to the issue after Anti-Corruption Commission counsel Khurshid Alam Khan presented the topic to the bench on Sunday.

Several homes built for homeless people under the Ashrayan Project next to the Naf River in Teknaf were recently waterlogged by tidal and rain water, causing difficulties for residents.

Teknaf UNO Mohammad Kaisar Khosru allegedly used abusive language towards Saidul Islam Farhad, Cox’s Bazar correspondent of an English daily, for publishing a report on the matter on Thursday.

Getting angry at the report saying residents of the homes near Naf River are hard hit by water-logging amid tide and rain, the UNO made a phone call to the journalist and an audio clip of the conversation went viral on social media.

A government official cannot behave like this and use such abusive language to journalists who are considered fourth state, the court observed.

The court said UNO’s remarks were like those of a gangster and unbecoming to a responsible official. The court termed the abusive language ‘wrong-headed.’

“Journalists are mirrors of the society. They are the fourth estate. If any journalist commits offence, he/she will be dealt with by the law or the Press Council. However, no one can abuse them this way.”

The HC wanted to know what action has been taken against the UNO by the district administration.

Deputy Attorney General Amin Uddin Manik will have to inform the court of the action taken against the UNO.

Manik told the court that district administration held a meeting with UNO and journalist. During the meeting, UNO apologised to the journalist for his misbehaviour.