Freedom of media needed to build equity-based society: Minister

15 February, 2020 12:00 AM printer

Freedom of media needed to build equity-based society: Minister

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud speaks at a programme at the auditorium of Bangladesh Press Council in the capital on Friday, marking the Bangladesh Press Council Day- 2020. Information Secretary Kamrun Nahar was also present. - SUN PHOTO

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Friday said the freedom of media is needed to build an equity-based society in the country, reports UNB.

The minister made the remark at a programme organised by Bangladesh Press Council (BPC) at its auditorium marking ‘Bangladesh Press Council Day’ in the capital.

Hasan said the media grew exponentially over the last 11 years and is facing many challenges. “Fake news creates chaos in society and journalists should be careful in this regard,” the minister said.

He called upon BPC members to prepare a work plan to bring discipline in media and ensure objective journalism.

Information Secretary Kamrun Nahar said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman established BPC on February 14, 1974 by enacting the Bangladesh Press Council Act to protect press freedom and improve its standard.

“Yellow journalism should be avoided for the sake of the society,” she said.

Editor of The Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said a database of journalists will be made to bring discipline in media. Education will also be emphasised here. 

“We need honesty and morality in profession. Database of journalists across the country will be made soon. The rules of BPC should be strengthened for freedom of media,” he said.

Chairman of BPC Justice Md Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed presided over the function while editor of Bangladesh Protidin Naem Nizam was present in the event, among others.