A 90-member delegation of National Defence College (NDC) visited six print and electronic media outlets of East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL) at Bashundhara Residential Area in the capital on Monday.
The NDC team led by Maj Gen Md Moshfequr Rahman, also a faculty member, discussed various aspects of press freedom and role of media in protecting national security and boosting country’s image globally.The team members included faculty members and participants of NDC Course 2019. Apart from civil and military officials of Bangladesh, members of armed forces of 15 countries are taking part in the course.
Held at the EWMGL conference room, the team members exchanged views with the editors and senior journalists of newspapers, TV and radio of EWMGL, a concern of the country’s leading business conglomerate Bashundhara Group.
Bangladesh Pratidin editor and Radio Capital CEO Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho editor Imdadul Haq Milon, Daily Sun editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury and NEWS24 executive director Hasnain Khorshed, its head of current affairs, Dhaka University journalism teacher Samia Rahman, and head of news Rahul Raha were present at the meeting.
They opined that the role of media is very crucial for country’s branding abroad to attract foreign investment and explore the benefits.
Replying to a query, the editors said that print and electronic media in Bangladesh have a consensus in protecting national security, curbing militancy, addressing Rohingya issue and highlighting the economic projects.
The editors categorically said that they are free to discharge their professional duties without interference of management or anybody else.Journalists said that they had worked with the armed forces during natural calamities and other disasters. They also said that they are ready to enhance the cooperation.
Participants from Bangladesh army included Brig Gen Zakir Ahmed, Brig Gen Mohammad Ayub Chowdhury, Brig Gen Md Jahangir Harun, Brig Gen Ohidul Alam Chowdhury, Brig Gen Md Ahsanul Kabir, Brig Gen Abu Hena Mohammad Sadrul Alam, Brig Gen Bashir Ahmed, Brig Gen Md Anisur Rahman, Brig Gen Mohammad Adil Choudhury, Brig Gen Md Selim Mahmud, Brig Gen I K M Mostahsenul Baki, Brig Gen M Nuruzzaman Chowdhury, Brig Gen Md Mizanur Rahman, Brig Gen Abdullah-Al-Mamun, Brig Gen Abdullah Al Mamun, Brig Gen Md Mahbub-ul Alam, afwc, Brig Gen Md Naheed Asgar, Brig Gen Mohammod Al Masum, Brig Gen Tamjidul Haque Chowdhury, Brig Gen Md Abu Bakar Siddique Khan, Brig Gen Md Masudur Rahman, Brig Gen Md Nasim Parvez, Brig Gen A N M Manzoorul Hauqe Mazumder, Brig Gen Md Kaisar Hasan Malik, Brig Gen Md Sadequzzaman, Brig Gen J M Emdadul Islam, Brig Gen Ali Reza Mohammad Ashaduzzaman, Brig Gen Bashir Ahmed, Brig Gen Muhammad Ali Talukder, Participants from Bangladesh Navy were Cdre Golam Sadeq, Cdre Mir Ershad Ali, Cdre Abu Sayed Mohammad Afzalul Haque, Capt Mohammad Nazrul Islam, and Capt Mohammad Arshad Kabir.
Participants from Bangladesh Air Force included Air Cdre Javed Tanveer Khan, Air Cdre Syed Sayeedur Rahman, Air Cdre A F M Shamimul Islam, Group Captain Sk Abul Kashem, Group Captain Md Aminul Haque.
Joint secretaries Md Mofazzal Hossain, ndc (faculty member), Md Oliullah, Sheikh Shoebul Alam, Md Kamrul Hasan, Khan Md Nurul Amin, Nusrat Jabeen Banu, Muhammad Wahiduzzaman, Muhammad Hiruzzaman, G S M Jafarullah, Sanjida Sobhan, Ishrat Chowdhury, Md Momtaz Uddin, Abdul Latif Khan and DIGs AKM Shahidur Rahman, Md Abdullah-Al-Mahmud, and DG Mohammad Sarwar Mahmood were also present.
Staff officers Lt Col Syed Jamil Ahsan, and Sqn Ldr Mohammed Iqram Hossain also took part.
Armed Forces officials from abroad included Col Zhou Ming Jun from China, Brig Gen Ayman Ibrahim Salem Zaied from Egypt, and Brig Mandeep Pal Singh Gill, Cmde Rajiv Ashok and Air Cmde Rajat Mohan from India, Col Heru Setio Paripurnawan from Indonesia and Staff Col Ibrahim Saad Al-Saadan, Staff Col Faleh Mabruk S. Al-Juhani, Staff Col Sultan Bin Ayed Alenazi, Staff Col (Pilot) Mufadi Qadeim H. Alenazi from KSA, Col Mishial Y Y E Alsafran and Col Meshal Y E T Alebraheem from Kuwait, Brig Gen Mohd Kahar Bin Mohd Kassim from Malaysia, Col Joseph Coulibaly from Mali, Brig Gen Sudarshan Silwal from Nepal, Col KimbaTahirou from Niger, Col AM Grema , Col Musa Abubakar Sadiq, Col Chima Abraham Ekeator, Col SM Uba, Col Risku Ezra Hedima, Gp Capt Nosiru Babatunde Folaji, Capt Chikaji Aminu Isah, Gp Capt Sunday Usman Bello from Nigeria, Gp Capt Musabah Bin Khalfan Al Harassi from Oman, Gp Capt Syed Hashmat Iqbal from Pakistan, Brig A K G K U Gnanaratne, Cmde Neville Amara Ubayasiri and Air Cdre A J Amerasinghe (Sri Lanka) from Sri Lanka, Capt (N) Frank Jothamu Mwasikolile (Tanzania) from Tanzania and Lt Col Allan Hinton (UK) from UK.
During the visit, Maj Gen Md Moshfequr Rahman handed over crests to the editors while Naem Nizam gave floral bouquet and crest to him.