Protection of media rights stressed

A Correspondent

21 September, 2020 12:00 AM printer

GAZIPUR: Liberation War Affairs Minister A K M Mozammel Haque on Saturday called upon the journalist community to write on graft of administrative employees, if any. None will be spared; rather stringent measures will be taken against those found to be involved in corrupt activities.

He was addressing the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Gazipur Union of Journalists (GUJ) at a city hotel on the day. The Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, also former media advisor to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, graced the occasion as a keynote speaker. While speaking, he urged everyone to work for protecting media rights. “Media is also a pillar of democracy like administration, legislative and judiciary. A building remains at risk of collapse if one of its pillars become weak. Similarly, development and good governance are hampered if media remains at risk,” he observed.

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, a veteran journalist recalled with gratitude the patriotism, honesty and devotion of celebrated journalists like Akram Khan, Tofazzal Hossain Manik Mia, Zahur Hossain Chowdhury and A B M Musa that helped mould the Bengali psyche to take part in Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. Their bravery will remain as a source of inspiration to us, he stated. He urged the journalist community to work with honesty and responsibility in highlighting the miseries of people and their complaints in media in a proper manner. He also reminded media activists to earn people’s confidence.

GUJ president Md Ataur Rahman chaired the occasion while Shamsunnahar Bhuiyan MP, founding president of Gazipur Press Club Prof M A Bari, Principal Mohammad Ali Chowdhury Manik and Abdul Alim Molla, among others, spoke on the occasion.