Journalists working at Jahangirnagar University (JU) protested the expulsion and harassment on Zinia, a student and campus correspondent of Daily Sun newspaper of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science and Technology University (BSMRSTU) through a human chain on Thursday.
They also demanded punishment of those involved in the harassment and to ensure safe environment of independent journalism on the university campuses.
Under the banner of “Working Journalist at JU campus”, the human chain placed at the premises of university’s Amar Ekushey sculpture around 12.00 pm.
Conducted by the General Secretary of Jahangirnagar University Journalist Association (JUJA), Hasan Al Mahmud, over 80 journalists of different print and online media and the activists of different cultural organizations took part in the human chain.
Addressing the programme, Vice president of JUJA and campus correspondent of `Daily Star`, Asaduz Zaman said,” “I strongly condemn such a blatant incident by the VC of the BSMRSTU and freedom journalism must be ensured all over the country. Such injustice and dictatorial behaviour is not expected in such a places like university. The VC, including his officials and fellows involving this incident, should seek unconditional apology to Zinia.”
President of `Jahangirnagar University press club (JUPS) and campus correspondent of `Daily Jayjaydin` Md Musa, said, ‘We want the freedom of the media. We demand that every citizen of the country should have the rights of speaking the truth. Besides, I strongly protest against the behaviour of BSMRSTU VC.”
President of Jahangirnagar Cultural Alliance Ashiqur Rahman said, “The autocratic attitude of the highest administrators of different universities is inaccurate. The statement of the highest administrator of that university can never be so naked. We are protesting the behaviour of the VC of BSMRSTU.”
Earlier, On September 10, the university authorities suspended her for her posts on social media which the authorities claimed has tarnished the university’s image.
Zinia said that she did not post anything derogatory and faced suspension for her reports on irregularities and corruption in the university.
The suspension has sparked criticism on the social media. Many demanded unconditional withdrawal of her suspension and a proper investigation into the corruption allegations. Then the authorities has withdrawn the expulsion treating as control over as parents.