Building of Media
on Ethics and Ethos of Journalism in Bangladesh
of Bangladesh Press Council Justice Kazi Ebadul Hoque said, freedom,
accountability and transparency of press and media people have to be ensured
for the welfare of the people and country. At the same time, all of us have
to work together to establish rights and proper wages of journalists.
said it while speaking as Chief Gust in a dialogue on “Ethics and Ethos of
Journalism in Bangladesh” held at the conference hall of Rajshahi Chamber
of Commerce and Industries on 26 June. Mass communication oriented knowledge
centre CCD Bangladesh organized the dialogue. He also said, the past
political governments did not work fairly at all by grossly approving their
people of own choice for publishing newspapers, because most of those media
houses have turned into only signboard-based institutions. These newspapers
are torturing and exploiting journalists instead of providing them proper
and regular financial facilities.
speaking as Special Guest, Secretary of Bangladesh Press Council
Shafiquzzaman said, due to the very logical reasons, it is impossible for
all newspapers to immediately implement the latest wage board announced by
the Government. But the Government, newspaper authority and journalist
organizations have to take effective initiative, so that all newsmen are
provided with actual salary and honorarium in accordance with the wage board
in near future.
over by Chairman of CCD Bangladesh noted journalist S M A Quader, the
dialogue was addressed by editors of local newspapers and journalist
leaders. They said, press council should be upgraded and modernized to
establish rights and freedom of newspaper and newsmen. The council must
reform as an effective institution by amending the Press Council Act, if
needed. They called upon Government and Press Council authority to take
necessary steps in this regard.
of Mass Communication and Journalism Department of Rajshahi University Prof
Khademul Islam, Editor of the Daily Sonali Sangbad Md Liakat Ali, Central
Vice President of Campaign for Good Governance noted journalist Mostafizur
Rahman Khan Alam, Editor of the daily Natun Provat Sarder Abdur Rahman,
Assistant Secretary General of BFUJ and Member of Bangladesh Press Council
Rezaul Karim Razu and Editor of the daily Sunshine Tasiqul Islam Bakul,
among others, addressed the dialogue. Assistant Professor of Mass
Communication and Journalism Department of RU Satil Siraj moderated the
others, Executive Editor Molazzem Hossain Sachchu, President of Rajshahi
Metropolitan Press Club Bulbul Chowdhury, President of Rajshahi Press Club
Anowarul Alam Fotick, Secretary of Bangladesh Women Journalists Society,
President of Rajshahi Union of Journalists
(RUJ) Ahsan Habib Wapu, General Secretary of Rajshahi City OPress
Club Sarder Anisur Rahman and Director of CCD G M Mourtoza took part in the
open discussion session.
of different national and local news media took part in the dialogue.
Bangladesh Press Council, Women Empowerment Network (WEN) and Bangladesh
Advanced Students Alliance (BASA), Rajshahi Youth Citizens Forum (YCF)
co-organizations of CCD Bangladesh provided all out support to arrange the
Journalists Successfully Concluded UK Visit
delegation of four journalists of Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts of
Bangladesh and Director of knowledge centre CCD Bangladesh completed their
UK visit very successfully and effectively.
centre CCD Bangladesh arranged this tour for obtaining practical knowledge
and experience about journalism practice and media management prevailing in
Europe. The delegation team included Editor of the daily Natun Provat Sarder
Abdur Rahman and Executive Editor of the daily Sonali Sangbad Molazzem
Hossain Sachchu from Rajshahi, Executive Editor of the daily Ajker Protiva
Abu Sayeed Mohammad Kumar and Joint Editor of the daily Potralap Shyamol
Kumar Ghosh from Dinajpur. Director of CCD Bangladesh G M Mourtoza
coordinated the visit.
delegation team visited the offices of the important media houses of England
including the daily Guardian, the daily Financial Express, the daily Sunday,
the daily Independent, KM Messenger Group, BBC, Press Association (PA) and
Thomson REUTERS in England and attended views exchange meetings with senior
officials and journalists there during their trip supported by the European
Union. Through this visit and meetings, members of the delegation team
obtained extensive knowledge and experience on media management, marketing
policies, news gathering and news processing techniques prevailing in
they also visited offices of some international development organizations
including HealthLink Worldwide, PANOS London, Open Society
Foundation-London, BBC World Service Trust and attending views exchange
meetings with the higher officials there requested them to extend their
activities to Bangladesh.
met some renowned teachers of Media and Journalism Department of Goldsmith
University of London. They also took part in a seminar arranged by Media and
Journalism Department of this university.
the visit, Bangladeshi journalists attended views exchange meeting with
journalists of all Bangla newspapers and television channels of London and
members of London Bangla Press Club. The Bangladeshi journalists working in
London hailed the initiative of visiting UK from
the newspapers published from outside Dhaka and expressed their interest to
visit the newspapers published from the northern region of Bangladesh.
Besides that the delegation visited the offices of Bangla Weekly Janamat,
Bangla Post, Bangla Radio of London and London office of Channel I.
journalist’s team visited prominent business houses and business owners of
UK such as VeeTee Grop. They also meet with the renowned rise businessmen
and chairmen of the VeeTee Group Mr. Moni Varma and Marketing Manager of the
group Mr. Gill Russell and requested them to invest in Bangladesh on rice
and agricultural sector. The team also visited the big automatic rice mill
and observed the procedure of rice producing and packaging.
delegation team also visited English Parliament and Westminster and became
acquainted with the British political history and activities of House of
Lords and House of Commons. They also visited different historical
sculptures and places including Buckingham Palace, Greenwich Watch, London
Eyes, Tower Barge, West Minster Abbey and British Museum.
of the Thomson Foundation of UK and Professor of Media Department of City
University of London Bardhen Martin, Youth Ambassador of CCD and student of
Media and Journalism Department of Goldsmith University of London A S M
Anisur Rahman Litu, London Correspondent of Channel I Faysal Chowdhury and
Editor of Bangla Post published from London Barrister Tareq Chowdhury
provided all out assistance to the delegation of journalists to make their
visit fruitful, significant and a success.