London Bangla Press Club has condemned the recent of government decision of closing down the publication of long established and the most popular newspaper in Sylhet, Daily Sylheter Dak.
In a written statement sent by Communication Secretary Muhammod Abdul Quayum, the President Syed Nahas Pasha and General Secretary Mohammed Jubair told that it is not only frustrating but very concerning that a government closes down an independent and equally popular newspaper on the ground of publisher setback. This also questions the freedom of journalism and independence of newspapers in Bangladesh.
They also said that Daily Sylheter Dak has always been there for each and every citizens of Sylhet. This newspaper has always played a brave and positive important role in civil unrests, protests and demonstrations organised by general people by standing by them. This newspaper is not only the main source of bread and butter for hundreds of journalists, it also provides living for hundreds of other employees who works for the newspaper. Just before few days before the Eid, it can never be acceptable the closure of this popular newspaper.
The LBPC leaders also called on the government to solve the publisher crisis of this newspaper and take control of it. They also urged the Prime Minister to interfere on this issue and void the cancellation of the declaration of this hugely popular news daily.
The leaders also called on the Prime Minister to handle this case on humanitarian ground as there are hundreds of journalists and other staffs living hugely depending on the publication of it.
The leaders has also mentioned that every member of London Bangla Press Club will stand by the journalists and employees of Daily Syleter Dak until the government void the cancellation decision of closing the Daily Sylheter Dak.