Editors and senior journalists of media outlets under East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) and information officers of various ministries and departments have underscored the need for more professional cooperation among them to ensure free flow of information.
They were speaking at a view-exchange meeting at EWMGL conference room in Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Saturday. The programme was arranged as information officers of different ministries and departments visited the media outlets of EWMGL on the day.
Bangladesh Pratidin editor and News24 TV and Radio Capital FM CEO Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Huq Milon, daily sun acting editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho executive editor Mostafa Kamal, daily sun executive editor Shiabur Rahman, Banglanews24.com consultant editor Jewel Mazher, News24 TV executive director Hasnain Khorshed, News24 TV head of current affairs and Dhaka University teacher Samia Rahman, daily sun news editor Syed Afzal Hossain and acting chief reporter Firoz Al Mamun and News24 news editor Shahnaz Munni were present on the occasion.
Information ministry’s senior information officer Mir Akram Uddin Ahmed, PID chief feature writer Md Ali Sarker, power, energy and mineral resources ministry’s senior information officer Mir Md Aslam Uddin, NBR senior information officer Syed A Mumen, Anti-Corruption Commission senior information officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, PID senior information officers Md Manzur-e-Mawla, Dipankar Bar and Afroza Nice Rima, Agriculture ministry’s senior information officer Vivekananda Roy, commerce ministry’s senior information officer Md Abdul Latif Bakshi, PID information officers Ishraf Zahan, Fahmida Haque, Md Alamgir Hossain, Fahima Jahan and AM Imdadul Islam, its assistant chief photographer Ismail Hossain, leader of the opposition’s information officer Md Mamun Hasan, expatriates’ welfare and overseas employment ministry’s information officer Jahangir Alam, social welfare ministry’s information officer Maidul Islam Pradhan, LGRD ministry’s information officer Zakir Hossain and posts, telecommunications and information technology ministry’s information officer Md Enayet Hossain were present.
The information officers said the government has taken an initiative to highlight its various development initiatives and successes. As part of the policy, they have started visiting different media houses.
They complained that many reports and features the sent fail to find place in newspapers and television channels.
In reply, editors said they have to publish news items and features considering their merit and public interest.
They further said reports and features should be written in professional language and sent within the deadline.
The editors said some information officers are very apt to send reports and press releases maintaining professional standard.
They underscored the need for arranging more training for the junior information officers to develop their professional skills.