People in the government and society who put pressure on investigative journalism are only doing so for their own interests – there is no directive from the government in this regard, said Gowher Rizvi, international affairs adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Speaking at an award ceremony for investigative journalism in Dhaka on Thursday, Rizvi urged every one to exercise caution when dealing with government officials involved in corruption.
The event was organized by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to observe International Anti-Corruption Day 2017.
Saying the government had no space to create obstacles to investigative journalism, Rizvi said journalists played a vital role in Bangladesh, and if people from the government did not understand that, it was their failure.
This year, the TIB awarded nine journalists from electronic and print media: HM Alauddin, staff reporter of the Dainik Purbachal, Khulna; Arup Roy, staff reporter of the Daily Prothom Alo, Md Badruddoza Babu, special correspondent of Maasranga Television; Mehedi Hasan Shohag, senior cameraman of Maasranga Television; Md Sabuj Mahmud, staff correspondent of Independent Television; Rakibul Hasan, videographer of Independent Television; Golam Kibria, videographer of Independent Television; Md Zahid Mamor Islam Saad, staff reporter of Channel 24; and Tanvir Mizan, videographer of Jamuna Television.