Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has highly spoken of Bashundhara Group for honouring the mass media by giving award to the journalists of the country.
"Bashundhara Group has not only given award to the journalists but also honoured the country’s media industry. The journalists are showing pathway for the society by opening the third eye," he said.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan inaugurated the gala event chaired by Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir.
In his speech, the information minister said democracy flourishes with expansion of the mass media.
He mentioned that the number of television channels has risen to at 38 from 10 in last 13 years during the Awami-League government.
“The present government led by Sheikh Hasina believes in freedom of independent journalism. We’re formulating a new law that will secure this noble profession,” Hasan added.
Information Minister called upon the media professionals to project positive stories of the country before the world.
The minister also said no government can run without facing challenges.
“None is perfect at all. We tried to ensure wellbeing of people. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina provided houses for 1.51 lakh homeless families, marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. There are still some challenges ahead for us. We should project the development stories to take the country to the next level of development,” he said.
The minister said the government has successfully tackled the corona pandemic and kept the wheels of the economy running during the crisis through firm steps from policy level.
“When many countries struggled to manage vaccnine to tackle corona, Bangladesh has successfully completed vaccination programme. The country has become one of the top five countries in the world that has shown excellence in vaccination programme,” he said.
The minister claimed that the government always welcomes objective criticism for betterment of democracy.
“Criticism purifies works. We always accept criticism. And investigative journalism can help us to move forward by digging out truths for betterment of the society,” he said.
The minister later unveiled a souvenir which contains short biographies of 64 veteran journalists, introductions of 11 award-winning journalists, statements of jury board members and some special reports published by different outlets of the East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL).