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Taken Questions
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
December 9, 2002
Question Taken from December 9, 2002 Daily Press Briefing

Bangladesh: Detained Foreign Journalists (Taken Question)

Question: Has the United States raised with Bangladesh the issue of the two foreign journalists detained since November 25?

Answer: We have discussed the detained journalists with Bangladesh officials both here in Washington and in Dhaka.

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.

Released on December 9, 2002

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