Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has underscored the importance of sensible journalism maintaining professional ethics to tackle misinformation and propaganda of social media.
“Misinformation, propaganda and negative and fabricated news are now easily spreading through social media. The (mainstream) media can tackle the challenges by disseminating authentic information through sensible journalism upholding ethics,” she said.
Dhaka Reporters Unity, a body of Dhaka-based reporters, organised the programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Shirin Sharmin said mass media could bring positive changes in the society by playing its responsible role.
“Objective and responsible practice of journalism can play a vital role in establishing justice in the country,” she said.
The Speaker also said news should be presented with accurate and reliable information for creating informed citizens.
“The more the country gets informed citizens the stronger democracy we’ll have,” she said.
“We’ll have to give priority to public interests. The media will have to realise that public trust is the most important component for going forward. The more the media gains the public trust, the more it will move forward,” she observed.
She thanked journalists for their courageous reporting even during the bad time of the corona pandemic.
Later, the Speaker handed over the awards among 22 journalists under print, online, television and radio categories.
Each awardee received a certificate, crest and Tk 75,000 prize money.
Nagad’s managing director Tanvir A Mishuk, DRU president Mursalin Nomani and general secretary Moshiur Rahman Khan, among others, also spoke at the programme.