Collective efforts are a must to overcome the existential crisis being faced by the journalists and the country’s media sector due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.
Iqbal Sohban Chowdhury, editor of the Daily Bangladesh Observer and former information adviser to the Prime Minister, observed this while addressing a virtual discussion titled: 'Professional Dignity and Rights of Journalists and Crisis in Media' marking the World Free Media Day.Appropriate strategies and action plans are essential to mitigate the sufferings of journalists, he opined.
The Bangladesh Journalists' Rights Forum (BJRF) organised the discussion that was alternately chaired by BJRF president Azizul Islam Bhuiyan and its general secretary Ataur Rahman.
Jatiya Press Club president Farida Yasmin, who also took part in the discussion, lamented stating that the media outlets are being laid off in the pretext of Covid-19 rendering scores of journalists jobless, who now live a miserable life. During the pandemic, many journalists died while doing professional duties, she informed, urging the affluent section of society to come forward to help survive the critical period.
The BJRF general secretary read a keynote paper before delivering the welcome address. Among others, senior journalist Kudrat-e-Khoda, Gazipur Unionof Journalists (GUJ) general secretary Nurul Islam, journalist leader MA Salam Shanto and labour leader engineer Kabir Hossain attended the event.