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US Government Has Discussed the Matter About Journalists Arrests In Bangladesh - 2002-12-10


The US government has raised with Bangladesh government the detention of two foreign journalists in Dhaka and noted that a free press is critically important for the functioning of democracy.

During the Press briefing in answer to a question, Richard Boucher said, "We have discussed the detained journalists with Bangladesh officials both here in Washington and in Dhaka."

He said , "A free press is critically important for the functioning of a democratic system. The Bangladesh government and law enforcement authorities have the responsibility to ensure that any actions taken against journalists be carried out rapidly and transparently, leaving no question about possible interference with press freedoms.

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