Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has urged the journalists working at the media outlets under East West Media Group Ltd to satisfy the readers’ expectations for objective news and information.
“All our media outlets are doing well. But readers expect a bit more from our media organisations and you have to satisfy their expectations,” he told the newsmen at an iftar and doa mahfil on Tuesday.
Bashundhara Group organised the iftar for the journalists, officials and employees of EWMGL media houses at International Convention City Bashundhara.
The Bashundhara chairman said people would once think that a media outlet cannot get popular among readers unless it pursues ‘negative journalism’.
“But we’ve proved that perception wrong. We’ve proved that people also accept media outlets which highlight both positive and negative things,” he said.
Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir and his son Walid Sobhan, Vice-chairmen Shafiat Sobhan Sanvir and Safwan Sobhan Tasvir were present at the iftar party.
Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam and Executive Editor Pir Habibur Rahman, Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and Executive Editor Shiabur Rahman Shihab, Kaler Kantha Editor Imdadul Haq Milon and Executive Editor Mostafa Kamal, News24 Executive Director Hasnain Khorshed and Chief News Editor Shahnaz Munni, radio Capital FM Executive Editor Mehdi Malek Sajib and Bangladesh Pratidin Special Correspondent and former DUJ president Shaban Mahmood also joined the event.
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan urged the newsmen to call a spade a spade. “Where there is a crime, the media must stand against it. There shouldn’t be any fear in this regard,” he said.
The chairman said: “We had first spoken against drugs. Our journalists working at Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar focused on drug trade taking the risk of life. Today, drives are going on against drugs.”
He said Bashundhara Group’s main aim is the development of the country and the people. He expressed the hope that the country would be able to attain the status of a developed nation before the deadline.
Mentioning that Bangladesh Pratidin is being published in America, he said: “We have plans to publish our dailies from Dubai and some other countries soon.”
Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said Bashundhara Group has contributed a lot to employment and economic development of the journalist community by establishing the media outlets.
Naem Nizam said at the event that as India is known abroad by its business conglomerate Tata and Japan by Toyota, Bangladesh will now be known abroad by Bashundhara Group.