Enhanced media role stressed to achieve SDGs

DHAKA- Speakers at a dialogue in the city today underscored the need for enhanced media role in particular sectors to help the government achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

"Media should play an important role to create a bridge between the government and the people so that the government can formulate polices and take up steps to meet different needs of the people to achieve SDGs," said TIB Director (outreach and communications) Rizwan-ul-Alam in a keynote paper at the dialogue at TIB's Dhanmondi office.

He urged the government to further enhance communications with the people effectively to ensure sustainable development by establishing good governance.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) organized the dialogue on "SDG 16 and Good Governance: Government, Mass Media and Citizens" with its Board of Trustees member and former Chief Election Commissioner Dr ATM Shamsul Huda in the chair.

TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman, media personalities Afsan Chowdhury and Z I Mamun, columnist Dr Md Jahangir and TIB Deputy Executive Director Dr Sumiya Khair, among others, addressed the function.

Rizwan-ul-Alam urged the media to put emphasis on investigative and development journalism in the field of SDGs to help the government take proper plans.

He underscored the need for expressing good governance related technical terminologies of SDGs in an easier way to reach the essence of SDGs to the poor people.

In his speech, ATM Shamsul Huda called for making different constitutional institutions, including Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), stronger for ensuring good governance.

He urged different associations of professionals to practice professionalism keeping themselves away from political bias.

Z I Mamun said media should put much emphasis on the people's welfare related issues overcoming different barriers and setbacks so that people's expectations and demands can reach the government and the government can take steps accordingly.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)