The conclave, which is first of its kind in Bangladesh, is a gathering of minds bringing together senior media leaders, policy makers and influencers from Bangladesh and abroad
The two day-long Dhaka Tribune Media Conclave, a series of panel discussions to explore major issues affecting contemporary journalism, began on Friday in the capital.
The conclave, which is first of its kind in Bangladesh, is a gathering of minds bringing together senior media leaders, policy makers and influencers from Bangladesh and abroad.
The event consists of panel discussions ranging over themes such as media freedom, journalism in the digital age, the Asian ascendancy, and the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu was the chief guest at the inaugural event.
In his speech, Inu likened democracy to a comfortable bed protecting its occupants with a mosquito net.
He said: “Bangladesh is making the transition from military rule to democracy. Citizens must be protected from anti-democratic elements.”
“The government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina supports a free press that is protected from yellow journalism, fake news and terrorism.”
He pledged that the government wished to work closely with the journalistic community, to listen to their concerns, and address their concerns about the Digital Security Act.
Dhaka Tribune Publisher Dr Kazi Anis Ahmed in his opening remarks said: “Open communication between the media and the government is important for the protection of the press, while also addressing the emerging concerns of misinformation and disinformation that have attended the widespread use of social media.”
In his address ahead of the plenary session, Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan said: “The Dhaka Tribune Media Conclave 2018 hopes to provide a timely exchange of ideas between senior media professionals from here and abroad to address the pressing issues of the digital age.”
The event began with a panel on “Media Freedom: Rights in the Age of Fake News”, moderated by Editor Zafar Sobhan.
At the panel, American journalist Max Rodenbeck, Kazi Anis Ahmed, Head of Nagorik Television and Mohammadi Group MD Rubana Huq, journalist, political analyst and Brac University Professor Afsan Chowdhury, and Scroll.in editor Naresh Fernandes spoke about how the press can balance the need for media freedom in the age of fake news or widespread disinformation and misinformation.
On the concluding day of the invitation-only event today, there will be discussions on three topics: “Brave New World: The Future of Digital Media,” “Crazy Rich Asians? Asian Values in the Asian Century,” and on “Minority Rights: What the Rohingya Crisis Means for the Region.”