He made the comment while attending the sixth anniversary of leading English daily Dhaka Tribune
Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the Awami League government will always welcome constructive criticism, as it leads one to follow the right path.
“The country’s media is playing a vital role by doing constructive criticism . . . the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has always welcomed constructive criticism,” he said at a function held at a hotel in Dhaka on Friday.
The minister was attending the sixth anniversary of Dhaka Tribune, one of the leading and fastest growing English dailies in Bangladesh, when he made the comments.
Dr Hasan, also the publicity and publication secretary of Awami League, said Bangladesh has undergone a remarkable change in different fields, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in the last 10 years.
“Bangladesh is not a least developed country anymore. Now the country is a lower middle income country,” he said.
He urged everyone to work together to implement "Vision 2021" and "Vision 2041", which was put forward by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He called for everyone to come forward to build a developed nation, which would materialize Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's dreams of establishing a "Sonar Bangla" (A golden Bangladesh).
Dr Hasan expressed his hopes that Dhaka Tribune would continue to be at the centre stage of journalism in the future.
Dhaka Tribune Publisher, Kazi Anis Ahmed, board member Kazi Inam Ahmed and Editor Zafar Sobhan were also present on the occasion.
Kazi Anis credited Dhaka Tribune’s journalists and employees with the contributions to the daily’s remarkable journey it has been making in the field of journalism.
Later, Dr Hasan along with the Dhaka Tribune's editor and publisher handed over the “Dhaka Tribune Special Recognition Award” to 10 best employees in recognition of their excellence and devotion to their respective jobs.
Politicians, academics, corporate personalities, foreign dignitaries, journalists, showbiz personalities, and development workers attended the program, among others.