Bangladesh has labelled the Al Jazeera investigative report “All the Prime Minister’s Men” as “False, defamatory and a politically motivated smear campaign”.
“The Government of Bangladesh has learnt of a false and defamatory report titled ‘All the Prime Minister’s Men’ by Al Jazeera news channel,” said Foreign Ministry in a statement.
It said the report is nothing more than a deceptive series of innuendos and insinuations in what is a politically motivated “smear campaign” by disreputable individuals associated with the Jamaat-e-Islami extremist group, which has been differing the progressive and secular principles of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh since its birth in 1971.
The statement said the report’s historical account fails to even mention the horrific genocide in 1971. It is a reflection of the political bias in Al Jazeera’s coverage and that of its principal commentator, David Bergman, convicted by International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh for challenging the official death toll of 1971 Liberation War.
It noted that the main “source” of Al Jazeera’s allegations is an alleged international criminal claimed to be a “psychopath” by Al Jazeera itself, the statement said.
“There is not a single of evidence linking the premier of the rulings party and other state institutions of Bangladesh to this particular individual, and it is highly irresponsible for an international news channel to conclude based on the words of a mentally unstable person,” it said.
The statement said it is also not surprising that the report aligns with the string of anti-Bangladesh propaganda habitually scripted by a few convicted absconding criminals and disgraced individuals patronized by the Jamaat-e-Islami, which on certain occasions has conspired with international extremist groups and news media, especially the Al Jazeera.
The foreign ministry said Bangladesh government rejects this agitated “smear campaign” instigated by extremists and their allies and regrets that Al Jazeera has let itself to become an “Instrument for their malicious political designs” aimed to destabilize the secular democratic government of Bangladesh.