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President asks media to value national interests

  • Published at 09:39 pm February 18th, 2019
web-Bangladesh Press Council Day at Hotel Intercontinental in the city on Monday President Abdul Hamid
President Abdul Hamid speakis at an award-giving ceremony arranged on the occasion of Bangladesh Press Council Day at Hotel Intercontinental in the city on Monday, February 18, 2019 PID

He urged tech-savvy young journalists to utilize their talent, skill, honesty, and neutrality, and to give priority to the interests of their beloved motherland

President Abdul Hamid told the media to play a responsible role and follow journalistic codes and prioritize national interests by shunning provocative and yellow journalism.

"Media, democracy and development are complementary to each other. One is stagnant without the other," President Abdul Hamid said.

He was speaking at an award-giving ceremony arranged on the occasion of Bangladesh Press Council Day at Hotel Intercontinental in the city on Monday.

"Media can give an institutional shape to democracy if done according to rules and regulations," the President said.

Pointing out that the big media houses being owned by many business groups,he said, "this is undoubtedly contributing to the media's development".

"I firmly believe that involvement of highly-educated students in different media houses to make journalism their career will increase the dignity and development of this profession."

He urged tech-savvy young journalists to utilize their talent, skill, honesty, and neutrality, and to give priority to the interests of their beloved motherland.

"You'll have to be the models of a militancy and terrorism free non-communal Bangladesh. You hold the key to Bangladesh's development," the President said.

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, president of the standing committee on Information Ministry, Hasanul Huq Inu, spoke at the program, held with Bangladesh Press Council Chairman, Justice Md Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed, in the chair.

A total of seven awards were distributed among five personalities and two institutions.

The award recipients are Samakal's late editor Golam Sarwar (lifetime), Jasim Uddin Harun(development journalism) from The Financial Express, Murshid Alam (rural journalism) of Dainik Mukta Barta based in Bogura, Ayesha Siddiqa Akashi (women journalism) Kaler Kontho's Madaripur correspondent, Sony Ramani from Daily New Age (photography), and the Daily Ittefaq and Dainik Azadi.