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Press Freedom Day observed

‘Ensure rights of journalists’

‘Ensure rights of journalists’
Shahjalal University Press Club brings out a procession on the university campus on Tuesday to mark the World Press Freedom Day. -sun photo

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The World Press Freedom Day was observed in the country as elsewhere across the globe on Tuesday with this year’s theme ‘Access to Information and Fundamental Freedoms - This is Your Right’.
To mark the day, Barisal Reporters’ Unity (BRU) brought out a procession from Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city and arranged a discussion on the BRU premises.
BRU president Anisur Rahman Swapan presided over the discussion while Bappi Majumdar, former secretary of BRU, conducted it.
BRU secretary Kamrul Ahsan, SM Iqbal, former president of Barisal Press Club, Abul Kalam Azad, president Barisal Metropolitan Press Club, among others, also spoke.
Quoting the directives of UN to promote and protect press freedom, the discussants called for quality journalism by which citizens can make their decisions for the development of the society and expose injustice, corruption and the abuse of power.
Highlighting the theme of World press Freedom Day-2016, they said journalism must be able to thrive towards better reporting with gender equality, media safety in the
digital age.
The journalists have to create an environment in which they can work independently and without undue interference, said the speakers.
The World Press Freedom Day was observed on Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) campus.
To mark the day, journalists, general students, cultural activists and student leaders under the banner of ‘Shahjalal University Press Club’ brought out a rally on the campus.
They also bring out a procession and paraded the campus to mark the day.
Syed Nabiul Alam, vice-president of the SUST Press Club and its general secretary Sarder Abbas, among others, were also present.
Mentionable, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in a message said a free, independent and safe media environment was essential, but expressed his concern over the increased restrictive environment for media workers in many countries.
Without a free media, he said, people were less free and less empowered.