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Dialogue on Community Journalism

Early Marriage Rising among the Indigenous in Northern Region 

Panchagarh, October 04:

Early marriage is rising alarmingly among the indigenous communities living in the northern region of the country. In spite of conducting awareness campaign, it is difficult to protest early marriage among them here.

It was opined in the dialogue on Role of Journalists in Raising Indigenous People’s Voice held at the District Council Auditorium in Panchagarh today. With the support of WACC, mass communication oriented development organization CCD Bangladesh organized this dialogue. Speakers also said, the adolescent girls in the indigenous communities are often becoming prey to the sexual harassment by the local musclemen this area. Even if it is complained with the police station, they are getting nothing but much more threat and torture instead of legal support., they added.

The indigenous leaders said, mainly due to the lack of security, they are compelled to marry their daughters at the age of 13 to 16. They also said, though some development organizations are conducting awareness campaign in this area, it leaves no positive impact on the situation. Without preventing sexual harassment of the young indigenous ladies, it is impossible to prevent early marriage, they firmly stressed.

The problems and potential of the indigenous people living in Panchagarh in respect to their economy, education, culture, politics and environment and the role of journalists to uphold these issues were chalked out in the dialogue.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Department of Rajshahi University Dulal Chandra Biswas facilitated the dialogue. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza, Regional Coordinator in Panchagarh Shah Alam Shahi and District Coordinator Sajjadur Rahman Sajjad presented welcome address. Representatives of local and national newspapers and delegates from indigenous communities and NGOs working for the welfare of the indigenous people actively took part in the dialogue.


Dialogue on Community Journalism

Quota System in Service is Not Maintained for the  Indigenous People of the Northern Region

Thakurgaon, October 05:

Quota system in public service is not properly maintained for the indigenous people of the northern region in the country. As a result there arise despair and agitation among them. There also arise question of realization of the quota system in respect to public service recruitment.  

It was opined in the dialogue on Role of Journalists in Raising Indigenous People’s Voice held at the training centre of Manab Kolyan Parishad in Thakurgaon today. With the support of WACC, mass communication oriented development organization CCD Bangladesh organized this dialogue. Speakers also said, as a consequence of the initiatives taken by the Government and non-government organizations, the literacy rate is increasing among the indigenous people in this region. Therefore there arises much expectation of getting government jobs among them, but it turns futile in the long run.

Indigenous leaders complained, though there is a provision of maintaining quota system for the indigenous people in respect to public recruitment, it is being violated regarding the indigenous people of the plain land of the northern region. In spite of having qualified candidates from indigenous community for the posts, they are not recruited in aboriginal cultural academy and many other Government institutions. If such a situation and practice prevails, there is no utility of keeping any quota system for the indigenous, they added.

The problems and potential of the indigenous people living in Thakurgaon in respect to their economy, education, culture, politics and environment and the role of journalists to uphold these issues were chalked out in the dialogue.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Department of Rajshahi University Dulal Chandra Biswas facilitated the dialogue. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza, Regional Coordinator Shah Alam Shahi and District Coordinator in Thakurgaon Shamsujjoha presented welcome address. Representatives of local and national newspapers and delegates from indigenous communities and NGOs working for the welfare of the indigenous people actively took part in the dialogue.


Dialogue on Community Journalism in Dinajpur

Incident of Making The Indigenous Landless Rising 

Dinajpur, August 25:

Calling upon the journalists to play active role to build up public opinion against the occupying the land and properties of the indigenous people of Dinajpur, speakers said, the incident of making the aboriginal people of Dinajpur landless is alarmingly increasing under the shelter of a group of musclemen in Dinajpur.

It was opined in the dialogue on Role of Journalists in Raising Indigenous People’s Voice held at A T Bari Auditorium of FPAB in Dinajpur today. With the support of WACC, mass communication oriented development organization CCD Bangladesh organized this dialogue. Speakers also said, mainly due to the lack of education and awareness some powerful group are buying the vast land of the indigenous people for a meager of price or occupying by force. They even cannot hesitate to grab the graveyard of the indigenous people. As a result they are gradually becoming landless and suffering from acute poverty in the long run.

The problems and potential of the indigenous people living in Dianjpur in respect to economy, education, culture, politics and environment and the role of journalists to uphold these issues were chalked out in the dialogue.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Department of Rajshahi University Dulal Chandra Biswas facilitated the dialogue. Executive Director of CDA Shah-E-Mobin spoke on the meeting. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza and Regional Coordinator Shah Alam Shahi presented welcome address. Representatives of local and national newspapers and delegates from NGOs working in Dinajpur for the welfare of the indigenous people actively took part in the dialogue.


Dialogue on Community Journalism in Chapai Nawabgonj

Hereditary Culture of The Indigenous People Disappearing 

Chapai Nawabgonj, August 23:

Calling upon the journalists to play active role in reviving the hereditary culture of the indigenous people, speakers said, the glorious culture and folk knowledge of the aboriginal people of Chapai Nawabgonj are disappearing, which is immensely needed to preserve.

It was opined in the dialogue on Role of Journalists in Raising Indigenous People’s Voice held at CCDB Training Room in Chapai Nawabgonj today. With the support of WACC, mass communication oriented development organization CCD Bangladesh organized this dialogue. Speakers also said, mainly due to acute poverty, the aboriginal people of this region cannot keep continue their inherited glorious cultural performance and heritage; they also failed to preserve folk knowledge and life style.   Hopefully with the attempt of some development organizations, the education system in their own mother tongue has been introduced in the country, speakers added and stressed to strengthen this initiative.

The problems and potential of the indigenous people living in Chapai Nawabgonj in respect to economy, education, culture, politics and environment and the role of journalists to uphold these issues were chalked out in the dialogue.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Department of Rajshahi University Dulal Chandra Biswas facilitated the dialogue. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza and Program Coordinator A H M Abdul Hai presented welcome address. Representatives of local and national newspapers and delegates from NGOs working for the welfare of the indigenous people actively took part in the dialogue.


Dialogue on Community Journalism in Rajshahi

Deprivation of The Indigenous of Plain Land Increasing

Rajshahi, August 19:

Calling upon the journalists to play active role in painting real picture of human deprivation and potential of the indigenous people of Rajshahi region, speakers said, though a number of initiatives have been taken for the development of the aboriginal people of the hilly area, the development issue of the indigenous people of the plain land is still getting no significance.

It was opined in the dialogue on Role of Journalists in Raising Indigenous People’s Voice held at UPHCP Training Room of Rajshahi City Corporation today. With the support of WACC, mass communication oriented development organization CCD Bangladesh organized this dialogue. Speakers also said, mainly due to lack of education and awareness the aboriginal people of Rajshahi region are remaining backward. As a result of acute poverty, they are becoming compelled to embrace begging and ferrying their labor from door to door. Speakers also stressed on introducing and practicing community journalism to establish the issue of development of the indigenous people of the plain land as a national one.

The problems and potential of the indigenous people in respect to economy, education, culture, politics and environment and the role of journalists to uphold these issues were chalked out in the dialogue.

Assistant Professor of Mass Communication Department of Rajshahi University Dulal Chandra Biswas facilitated the dialogue. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza presented welcome address. Representatives of local and national newspapers and delegates from NGOs working for the welfare of the indigenous people actively took part in the dialogue.

Notably, CCD Bangladesh has been implementing an elaborate program to introduce and create enabling environment for community journalism for the betterment of the indigenous people and more 15 dialogues will be arranged in other districts in Rajshahi division under this program.