Coronavirus: Govt announces special assistance for journalists

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Tuesday said that a special assistance programme has been announced for journalists who are having a hard time because of the coronavirus outbreak.


The minister made the announcement after a meeting of Journalist Welfare Trust at the conference room of the ministry.


It has also been decided who will get support.


Journalists, who lost jobs recently, been unemployed for six months or not getting salary for a long time, will get Tk 10,000 one-time emergency assistance, said Hasan Mahmud.


Mentioning that many journalists have been in trouble as well as other professions during the crisis, he said they raised the issue to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for financial assistance to journalists.


“Following her instruction, decision was taken today to help journalists from a special fund,” he said.


The journalist leaders and the union will decide who will get the help according to fixed criteria, he added.


The minister said that this welfare trust was established in 2014 by Prime Minister Hasina. Since its inception, 1,167 journalists received Tk 9.69 crore help from the trust.


Even before the trust was established, 623 journalists were given assistance of Tk 3.8 crore.


Source: United News of Bangladesh