Inu for infusing dynamism into objective journalism
13 October 2015, Nirapad News: Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu has underlined the need for infusing dynamism into objective journalism so that the country can achieve the goal of a balanced development through facing the existing challenges.
Referring to the vital role of the mass-media in transforming the country into a complete democratic state, the minister said the media should work together for preventing all the anti-democratic elements through the best uses of ICT.
“We don’t want to control the media through legal bars rather the media can take forward its profession through maintaining objectivity,” the minister added.
He was addressing a seminar titled “Regional Journalism in National Development: Problems and Prospects” at Senate Building of Rajshahi University (RU) here today as the chief guest.
Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) organized the seminar in association with Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of RU.
During his welcome address, Shah Alamgir, Director General of PIB, gave an overview of the seminar and aspects of its topic.
With RU Vice-chancellor Prof Mijanuddin in the chair, RU Pro-VC Prof Dr Chowdhury Sarwar Jahan also addressed the opening session.
Inu mentioned that cybercrimes are taking place in the country by taking the advantage of free flow of information and communication technology. To address the crimes, the government is facing challenges to some extent, he said adding, “We have taken necessary measures to contain the crimes”.
The minister said: “The mass-media should stand by the side of country’s constitution instead of any political ideology”.
The government has been fighting for poverty eradiation and eliminating gender disparity, adverse impact of climate change and militants and attained success to some extent.
He, however, said only the government is not capable to earn hundred percent successes in this field. The media should come forward in this regard effectively.
Listing various achievements of the present government, the information minister said objective reporting on the success issues will encourage the government to adopt and implement many other pro-people schemes.
He said the media should take the responsibility of proper democracy practice through the best uses of ICT. In addition to obtaining success in ICT, the government has enacted RTI and constituted Information Commission to facilitate the professional work of media, he added.
He mentioned that the local journalism has a vital role in bringing the local potentialities to limelight and the media men should work together for mitigating the local problems.
Department Chairman Dr Pradip Kumar Pandey presented the keynote paper.
Associate Profs of the department Dulal Chandra Bishwas and Moshihur Rahman, Editor of Daily Sonali Sangbad Liakat Ali, Editor of Daily Sonar Desh Akbarul Hassan Millat and President of Rajshahi Union of Journalists Kazi Shahed were the panel discussants on the topic.