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Saturday, February 28, 2015, Falgun 16, 1421 BS, Jamadi ul Awwal 8, 1436 Hijr

Media identity behind political agenda?
Distortion of facts by BNP leader alleged
Published : Saturday, 28 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 78
Anaet Shawon
Allegations have been raised against Mushfiqul Fazal Ansary, once an assistant press secretary to Khaleda Zia, for hiding his political identity and utilizing the United Nations platform as a journalist to attain his otherwise motives.
He was the assistant press secretary to Khaleda Zia when she was the prime minister between 2001 and 2006. Fazal Ansari somehow managed an identity card for taking an accreditation card to cover news events of the UN, where he is working allegedly on behalf of the so-called nationalist and Islamic forces.
Fazal Ansary was widely criticized at home and abroad on Wednesday as he was stopped by a UN spokesperson from offering a long comment on Bangladesh's current situation.
Stephane Dujarric, the UN Secretary General's spokesperson, stopped Ansary when he tried to detail the way he saw the political situation unfolding in Bangladesh.
"I will stop you there. I'm aware of the situation. I would just love to hear a question," Dujarric told Ansary.
Ansary has used his media credentials to push BNP's efforts to 'internationalize' the current political impasse in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh's permanent mission to the UN has objected to people enjoying UN media accreditation despite their 'active' political roles and affiliations.
"If active politicians are given media cards, there will be nothing left to say," the mission's Press Secretary Bijon Lal Deb told media on February 23, confirming that he had sent the letter.
Ansary also attended the UN and US State Department events as a journalist. His activities have been a source of embarrassment for other Bangladeshi journalists in New York, sources said.
According to the UN Department for Public Information, the card of anyone misusing media accreditation can be seized.
Moreover, clearance from the Bangladesh consulate in New York is required to apply for the Foreign Press Centre's Media Credential of the US Department of State.
The BNP leader Ansary identifies himself as the editor of "", an online news portal. The NY journalists confirmed that he used this identity to get clearance from the consulate and the Bangladesh's UN mission.
He claimed to be a member of the UN Correspondent's Association, the National Press Club, and a journalist accredited by Bangladesh.
"Many Bangladeshi journalists are supporters of various political parties. What is the problem, if I speak as a supporter at a BNP programme? Many journalist leaders speak at Awami League programmes," Ansary claimed.
Ansary, also the BNP's Foreign Affairs Committee, often participates in various programmes as a 'journalist' and this prompted the mission to write to the UN.
Ansary regularly attends programmes of the BNP, its youth wing Jatiyatabadi Juba Dal, and other paerty affiliates in New York and Pennsylvania as the chief, special or an honourable guest.
He allegedly distorts facts on his news portal "". It is alleged that he flairs up and highlights the evil activities of the political quarters he belongs to.
Born and brought up in Sylhet Ansary got involved in Shibir politics when he was in class nine and ten at the Aided High School, Sylhet in 1993-94.
He finished his Higher Secondary education from Sylhet Madan Mohan College in 1996 and got admitted into Tejgaon College in Dhaka.
He got involved with BNP in 2001 with the help of Khaleda Zia's former political secretary Harris Chowdhury and became Assistant Press Secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
Before that, he started working at Daily Ittefaq as a sub-editor.

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