'The media, alongside law enforcement, can play an effective role in fighting the drug menace as they did in combating militancy and terrorism'
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has sought the media’s help in combating the drug menace in the country.
The Prime Minister has announced a zero tolerance against militancy and drugs, he said.
“The media, alongside law enforcement, can play an effective role in fighting the drug menace as they did in combating militancy and terrorism. People want to get rid of drugs.”
He made the statement as chief guest at the launching ceremony of a daily newspaper, “Daily Shomoyer Alo,” organised at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on Saturday.
“The way we suppressed militant terrorism, we can also succeed in eliminating drugs from society with the co-operation of everyone; the media can play an effective role in this regard.”
“The media can highlight the country’s history, our Bengali heritage, development, and progress, and help protect our youth from the dangerous effects of drugs. The ‘Daily Shomoyer Alo’ will help set an example by highlighting such issues,” he hoped.
Prime Minister's Information Advisor and DBC Television Chairman, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, who spoke as special guest on the occasion said: "There are many risks and challenges in doing journalism. But we have to tackle it and move forward for the betterment of the nation and its people.”
“Sometimes our relationship with law enforcement has been better, and sometimes worse. But under the leadership of the Home Minister we have received a lot of support in carrying out our professional duties. “This is because our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is also media friendly,” he added.
State Minister for Shipping, Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Relief, Enamur Rahman, Jatiya Party’s former general secretary, Ruhul Amin Hawlader, and high officials of the Amin Mohammad Group attended the function.
Editor of ”Daily Shomoyer Alo,” Rafiqul Islam Ratan, and publisher Gazi Ahmadullah, gave the welcome speech at the program.