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Dubious journalist David Bergman favoring terrorists and war criminals

By Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa

In journalism, there is a word called ethics. But it seems that a so-called British journalist named David Bergman, who runs a blog on the blogspot.com has been enthusiastically busy in publishing one-after-another propaganda materials in favor of an ISIS funder as well as terrorists and war criminals.

Through these write ups, David Bergman clearly is making frantic bids of character assassination of few individuals as well as take revenge on the Bangladesh government for its ongoing relentless efforts of combating militancy as well trying the war criminals who have committed crime against humanity during Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971.

Within the span of four days, David Bergman has written two bogs defending an ISIS funder named Md Shahid Uddin Khan. He also has defended the war criminals and made foul attempt of putting false accusation of forced disappearance on Directorate of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). It may be mentioned here that, DGFI has been playing extremely praiseworthy role in combating militancy and terrorism in Bangladesh.

A nexus between ISIS funder and David Bergman

In 2009, a man named Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters Shehtaz Munasi Khan, Parisa Pinaz Khan and Zumana Fiza Khan had entered United Kingdom with tons of dirty money and had even managed immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702.

On January 17, 2019, Dhaka residence of Md. Shahid Uddin Khan was raided by the members of the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit of Bangladesh Police.

CTTC, based on secret information, raided House No. 184, Road No. 2, Baridhara DOHS in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 17, 2019. This house is owned by Md. Shahid Uddin Khan and was allegedly used as a warehouse for arms, explosives and propaganda materials of Islamic State (ISIS). During the raid, large volume of weapons, detonator, counterfeit Bangladesh currency notes and jihadist materials of ISIS were recovered by the CTTC unit.

Following this recovery, three separate cases against ISIS-funder Md. Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughters and other accomplices were lodged. The cases are: Cantonment PS, Case no 10, Section-6(2)/7/11/12 of Anti Terrorism Act 2009 (amendment 2013); Cantonment PS, Case no 11, Section-25-A, Special Power Act 1974; and Cantonment PS, Case no 12, Section-19-A of Arms Act 1878.

For years, United Kingdom has become the epicenter of anti-Semitism and dirty money. It is already proved; Britain wholeheartedly welcomes dirty money and laundered money from around the world and does not bother if it is narco-money, corruption-money, or even jihadist fund.

Few months back, Shahid Uddin Khan hired David Bergman as his publicist and media adviser. Subsequently, as Khan’s recommendation, Britain-based leaders of Jamaat e Islami also contacted Bergman and subsequently had hired him to run propaganda against Bangladesh government and the International Crime Tribunal with the ulterior agenda of disrupting the ongoing trial of the war criminals.

Seeking anonymity, a source in London said, David Bergman is aggrieved on the Bangladesh government as because his father-in-law, Dr Kamal Hossain became ambitious of grabbing power in Bangladesh by ousting the government through illegal means. Earlier, David and Kamal had joined hands with a man named Shahidul Alam, who also made foul bids of defaming the Bangladesh government with the help of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI). Later was revealed that Mr Alam is affiliated with a jihadist outfit named Hizbut Tahrir.

Interpol issues Red Notice

Md Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum, daughter Shehtaz Munasi Khan and Parisa Pinaz Khan are most wanted fugitives. Recently, Interpol issued Red Notice on them.

The London conspiracy

Sitting in London, ISIS funder Shahid Uddin Khan had formed an organization named ‘Astha’ (faith), which aims at establishing Sharia rule by ousting democratically elected government in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, David Bergman, who also is under monthly payroll of the Qatari regime has helped Khan in getting coverage in terror-network Al Jazeera, where this notorious broadcast network had accorded full cooperation in publishing a so-called interview-based article mostly filled with lies and false information.

Later, David Bergman made frantic bids in getting his anti-Bangladesh and pro-militancy articles published in the British media. Being rejected by the British media, David Bergman began his notorious propaganda against Bangladesh through his blogspot account. Both Al Jazeera and Bergman are making false allegations of forced disappearance of DGFI centering three of Shahid Uddin Khan’s staffs, knowing full well that those people had gone into hiding as per directives of this ISIS funder and notorious criminal, who faces series of criminal cases and convictions in Bangladesh.
David Bergman’s frantic bids in saving Shahid Uddin Khan

Md Shahid Uddin Khan and members of his family had smuggled-out millions of dollars from Bangladesh during the period of 2009-2018. David Bergman is fully aware of this matter, while he also knows, Shahid Uddin Khan has been funding various militancy groups, including Islamic States for many years. As the criminal activities of Shahid Uddin Khan have already been exposed by the Bangladesh and international media, David Bergman sensed, British authorities may now deport Khan members of his family. Bergman’s fear is – once Khans are deported to Bangladesh, they may disclose their connections with Bergman including the amount they have been paying this so-called British journalist.

Connection between Bergman and Al Jazeera

David Bergman has been writing for terror-network Al Jazeera for many years and has been on monthly payroll of the terror patron Qatari regime. Born in 1965, he is the son of Alan Bergman, a dentist from Hadley Wood I north London. Bergman holds degrees in both politics and law and his law degree is from the University of Birmingham.

As a journalist, the only career David Bergman has outside Bangladesh is with Twenty-Twenty, which is a British television production company. In September 2007, following Twenty-Twenty’s merger with Shed Media Group (now Warner Bros Television Productions UK), David Bergman was sacked from the Twenty-Twenty on various allegations, which included coverage against bribes, womanizing and addicted to drugs.

David Bergman, the ally of criminals

David Bergman first traveled from Birmingham, England, to Bhopal in March 1986 by bicycle as a charity to raise ?5,000 for the victims of the disaster. While there, he became entangled in a legal dispute over the government's role in relief that The Guardian later dubbed "The Bergman Affair" (October 31, 1986).

In September 1986, when Bergman was 21 years old, he was held in custody in violation of India's Foreigners Act and National Security Act and was accused of working for Union Carbide.

It may be mentioned here that, on December 3, 1984, following methyl isocyanate (MIC) gas released from the plant of Union Carbide in Bhopal which is also known as Bhopal Disaster, over 500,000 people were affected. The government of Madhya Pradesh confirmed a total of 3,787 deaths related to the gas release. It left an estimated 40,000 individuals permanently disabled, maimed, or suffering from serious illness, making it one of the world's worst industrial disasters.

Here again, it is proved that David Bergman lacks minimal ethics and since his younger days, he has always been associated with the criminals and culprits. On this particular case, he had worked for Union Carbide, a company that was responsible for the death of 3,787 people and for leaving 40,000 individuals permanently disabled, maimed, or suffering from serious illness. Doesn’t it show the ugly and inhuman man in David Bergman?

Bergman’s emotional attachment with the war criminals

On February 15, 2013, David Bergman wrote an article in an website named Bangladesh Chronicle, in response to an article written by Tahmina Ana, daughter of Mahfuz Anam, editor of The Daily Star in Bangladesh. David Bergman first tried to get his response to Ms Tahmina’s article in The Guardian or any of the British newspapers. As none accepted it, he had published in Bangladesh Chronicle saying: “The writer, Tahmina Anam has written a piece on ‘Shahbag’ on the UK’s Guardian website. This is my response:

“Hi Tahmina, You do realize, I hope – and I say this just on a point of accuracy – that Abul Quader Mollah was not actually convicted of ‘beheading a poet, raping an 11-year-old girl and shooting 344 people’ as you put it so starkly. He was convicted – if you happen to have read the pretty well reasoned verdict – of being present on all these occasions with a range of men who did; he was not himself the principal actor according to what the court found. I think it is important to make that point clear – as the way you write it is rather misleading. He may be a brute or worse – but you kind of make him into a monster, which is not what the court found”.

Bergman’s response to Ms Anam’s article proves – he actually has been committedly working in favor of the war criminals. We are aware of his attempts of tarnishing the image of the International Crime Tribunal in Bangladesh.

What is the reason? Is this because of his wife Sarah Hossain’s maternal grandfather was a Pakistani lawyer and opposed to Bangladesh’s war of independence?

About author: Muzaffar Ahmad Noori Bajwa is the editor of The Eastern Herald, OSINT & Political Analyst, Anti-Terrorism and Anti-Militancy Journalist, Human Rights & Social Activist in India.

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