Let’s imagine.Two journalist, one from Bangladesh and the other,suppose, from Pakistan, slips into this country with avisa for visiting a friend or going to school etc.Then they move around this country in search ofcertain exceptions, some injustices. They take thefootage from some vandalized mosque, they interviewthe family member of some people whose members are inINS custody without access to anybody since 9/11 andthey interview people like like Pat Robertson andJerry Fallwell and edit it only containing the veryinflammatory comments against other religion. Theytook the picture of a Sikh in front of a downtownhaunted burnt down house with false bandages on hisarm and other parts of the body.In the meantime Bill O’Riely gets the scoop and letthe whole country know about their activities,different other right wing media gets the news andstart making big hue and cry.And Finally, these two journalists are confronted byINS agents at the US-Canadian border when they triedto leave this country by road with all the material,camera, video etc. What do you think the USauthorities, gripped in this post 9/11 paranoia woulddo? Let them leave uninterrupted, making the govt.vilnerable to right wing media backlash by O’riely etel? Or they would arrest them citing immigrationinfringements initially and later link them withAl-Quida and bring sedition charges against them ?And now think about Bangladesh government, alsogripped with paranoia of western media propagandaafter bad press by Bertill Lintner, Alex Peerry et el.It’s the same knee-jerk reflex my friends, samereaction. Be it the icon of civilization, liberty,democracy-The USA or be it Bangladesh.
[ Still we need to protest the arrest of journalistsin Bangladesh, if it happens in US, it doesn’t meanits OK to happen in Bangladesh.]