Staff Reporter :: Information Minister and Awami League joint general secretary. Hasan Mahmud said, “The government is working to build a multi-dimensional social system to take the country forward. Today, as the country is moving forward, various conspiracies have started at home and abroad. Everyone must be aware of this conspiracy. Everyone must work together to take the country forward.
He said this while addressing a meeting on the occasion of Bangladesh Press Council Day at the Press Council auditorium on Topkhana Road in the capital on Sunday.
State Council of Information Minister Dr. Syed Rezaur Rahman presided over the Press Council Panel as a special guest. Md. Murad Hasan and Information Secretary Khwaja Mia and members of the Press Council were accompanied by senior journalist Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Awami League Advisory Council member Mozaffar Hossain Paltu.
The Information Minister said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 immediately after the establishment of the state of Bangladesh with the aim of ensuring freedom of media in Bangladesh and so that the media can properly serve as a mirror of society, refrain from serving false and untrue news and seek redressal. Formed the Press Council. The Press Council has been working responsibly ever since.
Today is the founding anniversary of the Press Council and in 2016 it was decided to celebrate this day as Bangladesh Press Council Day. Hasan said, “The role of the media in building a multi-dimensional social system is undeniable. The government believes in free flow of information and freedom of the media. Keeping that belief in mind, the state is moving forward today under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and the media has developed tremendously in the last 12 years. Remember, responsibility comes with freedom. We must ensure that one’s freedom does not infringe on another’s freedom and does not interfere with another’s freedom of expression. ‘
To increase the power of the Press Council, the government is going to amend the Press Council Act so that the Press Council can play an effective role in realizing its responsibilities, ensuring both freedom of the press and accountability.
In his speech, the Minister of State for Information greeted all concerned and all media personnel on the occasion of Press Council Day. He hoped that the Press Council would play a more effective role in the coming days.
Information Secretary Khwaja Mia said, “It is our duty to take forward the Press Council established by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu in the interest of the country, the people and the media.”
At that time, when the journalists drew attention to BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi’s statement that ‘news of the fall of the government will be found suddenly’, the Information Minister said, One is that the way they conspired against Bangabandhu, they have been involved in various conspiracies against the present government for 12 consecutive years. Detached from the people, they have chosen the path of conspiracy. Another is that they have become isolated from the people and are now dependent on natural calamities.
In response to a question about the BNP rally. Hasan said, ‘After yesterday’s incident, I saw the statements of BNP leaders on paper and on television. If the gathering of hundreds of people in Dhaka city of 20 million people is a huge gathering, then the world is getting smaller for the BNP and it is necessary to understand how isolated they are from the people. And yesterday, they blocked the road despite repeated requests from the police to take on the role of rioters rather than headlines. The police have done their duty for the convenience of the people. Rallies have taken place in different places including Chittagong, no such riots have taken place anywhere.
At the beginning of the program, the flag was hoisted by the national flag and the flag of the Press Council was inaugurated by the Information Minister. Hasan Mahmud, State Minister. Md. Murad Hasan, Secretary Khwaja Mia and Press Council Panel Chairman Advocate Rezaur Rahman.
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