Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said journalists can play a pivotal role in portraying the golden era of Bangladesh-India relations.
He made the remarks while addressing CONNECTIONS 2022, an annual event of Indian Institute of Mass Communication Alumni Association, Bangladesh (IIMCAAB) at Dhaka Club in the capital on Saturday.
Three awards were given to journalists for their reports on Bangladesh-India relations.
Team Undercover of News 24, Raheed Ezaz of Prothom Alo and Shamima Dola of News Now Bangla got the awards in 2019, 2020 and 2021 respectively.
Addressing the function, the information and broadcasting minister said there are few politicians both in Bangladesh and India who spread hatred only to secure political advantage and some unknown online report on those which create negative perception about the relations between two neighbouring countries.
"A responsible journalists should understand that what news to publish and what to avoid," he said.
He also congratulated the awarded reporters.
"The media in Bangladesh is very vibrant. I find Bangladeshi journalists everywhere. They are the change of a proud nation," he said.
The Indian High Commissioner said there are a few issues in Bangladesh-India relations which is normal but there is no contradiction and they are working on every issue.
He also announced resuming of IIMC scholarship for Bangladeshi journalists.
Oikko.com.bd CEO Opu Mahfuz, Bangladesher Khobor Editor Azizul Islam Bhuiyan and IIMCAAB General Secretary Zahid Newaz Khan also spoke on the occasion.
The new committee of IIMCAAB with Ihsanul Karim as president and Zahid Newaz Khan as general secretary was announced at the end of the programme.