Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said some international mass media are publishing wrong and untrue news against the government and the state as well, which is not desirable.
“There are some foreign online news portals which carry out rumours and spread propaganda constantly against the country (Bangladesh). We also see that some international popular mass media are publishing wrong and false news against the government and the country deliberately,” he said.
Mentioning some programmes specially ‘phone in’ programme of foreign media, Hasan said they bring those persons in phone call through planning, who talk against the government. “They took interview of those people who are against the government and some of us were interviewed to make that report credible,” he added.
But, the minister said, their main motive is to publish a report against the government and criticise it (government). It is not a job of a popular mass media, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
Earlier in the function, the minister said the journalists are working fearlessly during ongoing COVID19 epidemic. Hasan urged the countrymen to maintain the health code.
Journalists Welfare Trust Managing Director Zafar Wazed, Rangpur Deputy Commissioner Asif Ahsan, Rangpur Press Club President Mahabubur Rahman and Awami League district unit President Mamtaj Uddin Ahmed, among others, addressed the function.