Virtual discussion meeting held
Md Musharaf Hossain in Sherpur:
On the occasion of the World Press Freedom Day-2021 on Monday, journalists in Nakla Upazila in Sherpur arranged a virtual discussion as elsewhere in the globe and observed the day with due dignity.
The meeting was held on occasion of World Press Freedom Day-2021, with the slogan ‘Information as a Public Good’. The meeting was organized by Nakla Press Club of the district.
Md Musharaf Hossain president of the Nakla Press Club was presided and organizational secretary Fazle Rabbi Rajon was conduct over the meeting.
Nakla Press Club vice-president Khandaker Jasim Uddin Mintu, general secretary Mosharraf Hossain Sarkar Babu, joint secretary Nasir Uddin, organizing secretary Nur Hossain, office secretary Selim Reza, treasurer Abdullah Al-Amin, publicity secretary Nahidul Islam Rijon, information and research secretary Asaduzzaman Sowrav, executive members Simanur Rahman Sukhan and Mosharraf Hossain Shyamal, members Mofazzal Hossain, Rezaul Hasan Safit and Sujan Mia were spoke on meeting. Among others members of the Nakla Press Club were took part in the virtual discussion meeting.
Speakers said law commissions and judicial institutions in democracies around the world have traditionally played a role in strengthening press freedom. But the pressure and intimidation on the media in different countries is worrying us all.
Surveys and assessments by a number of organizations that monitor freedom of expression show that media risks are increasing worldwide. Bangladesh is one of the countries where media freedom is being curtailed, they added.
They also said that the protection of the right to freedom of speech must be enjoyed by citizens and journalists subject to reasonable restrictions, which is undeniable. If anyone does not abide by that restriction action can be taken against him according to the prevailing law of the country.
In this case, the need to strengthen the Press Council to ensure the accountability of the media is also important, they added. Therefore, on World Free Media Day-2021 we will have an expectation of an end to all kinds of black laws, open and secret barriers, and threats, including an end to the torture of journalists.