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Arafat praises Betar’s role in delivering reliable information

  •  Betar is facing major challenges in digital era, says the state minister 
  • ‘It has overcome this barrier by delivering reliable news and programs’
Update : 13 Feb 2024, 11:36 PM

State Minister for Information Mohammad Ali Arafat praised Bangladesh Betar for disseminating reliable information among people, saying the role of the state-run media is crucial when false and fabricated news as well as rumours have grasped social media.

“In this era of extreme excellence in information technology, Betar is facing major challenges. However, it has overcome this barrier by delivering reliable news and programs according to its own standards,” he said on Tuesday.

The state minister said this while addressing a discussion as the chief guest at Betar Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area marking the World Radio Day-2024.

Senior secretary of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, Md Humayun Kabir Khandaker, and head of office and country representative of the UNESCO Dhaka office, Dr Susan Maree Vize, spoke at the discussion as special guests, with Bangladesh Betar Director General Rabindrashri Barua in the chair.

Arafat said Betar has to move forward, competing with social media, mostly now focusing on flashy and cheap entertainment, false and fabricated news, and rumours.

But, through the news and programs aired by Bangladesh Betar, he said, it can be clearly distinguished from the cheap and so-called popular social media.

“Therefore, this non-visual medium is still recognized as the most reliable and mass-oriented media in the world,” the state minister added.

He said this year's theme, 'Radio: A Century of Informing, Entertaining, and Educating' is very significant from the perspective of Bangladesh, as the state-run media is performing an extensive role in spreading information, entertainment, and education.

He urged all working officers, employees, and artists at Betar to work, realizing the importance of the theme.

Speaking about Betar's role during the country's 1971 Liberation War, Arafat said Bangladesh Betar had played an unforgettable role in all democratic movements of the country, including in the great Liberation War".

It is well known that the Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra played a unique role as a supporting force for the battlefield warriors in the Liberation War, he added.

The nation remembers Bangladesh Betar with gratitude for broadcasting Bangabandhu's 7th March speech on the radio and performing the historic duty of standing by the freedom-seeking Bangalee people with the courageous steps of its employees despite obstacles imposed by the then Pakistani dictator, Arafat.

Highlighting Betar's role in airing objective news of the government's development activities, including Padma Bridge, metro rail, and Bangabandhu Tunnel, Arafat said it had played a significant role in involving the people in all developmental activities in the country.

Referring to the freedom of the press enjoyed by the mass media in the country, Arafat said, apart from Bangladesh Betar, 22 commercial FM radios and 18 community radios are now in operation in Bangladesh.

He hoped that Bangladesh Betar, as well as other commercial FM radios and community radios imbued with the spirit of the great Liberation War, would work tirelessly to build a developed Bangladesh and improve the living standards of its people.

Later, the state minister enjoyed a cultural function performed by the artists of Bangladesh Betar.

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