Journalists in Bangladesh have called on the country's interim government to withdraw a state of emergency order to ensure greater press freedom.
In a statement this week, representatives from several journalist unions accused the government of interfering with their work. They said the state of emergency imposed last year has forced media organizations to work with limited rights.
The journalists agreed at a meeting in the capital, Dhaka, Tuesday to create a formal committee to address the matter.
Bangladesh's interim government took power in January 2007 and declared a state of emergency after months of political violence. Government leaders promised to eliminate corruption and hold elections by the end of 2008.