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Expatriate Bangladesh journalists can stimulate national development: Justice Momtaz

DHAKA, Feb 4, 2017 (BSS) - Bangladesh journalists staying abroad can contribute significantly to national development from far and much of which is already visible by their works in rebranding the country as a role model for developing world, Press Council chairman Justice Momtaz Uddin Ahmed said today.

He made the observation as the chief guest at a discussion held at the Bangladesh Press Council office in the city.

The discussion was co-hosted by Bangladesh Press Council and Australia Bangladesh Press and Media Council (ABPMC).

Justice Momtaz said a data base would be developed for journalists in order to protect the rights of media personnel and improve the quality of the profession further.

He also said that steps have been taken to make the press council laws time befitting and protect journalists from unnecessary harassment.

Advisor of Bangladesh Journalists Rights Forum (BJRF) Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, who chaired the function, said the Press Council has to be embarked on a greater responsible role to establish the rights of journalists and the people in general.

Journalists imbued with the spirit of war of liberation must come forward for further development of the profession, he added.

BJRF General Secretary Ataur Rahman moderated the discussion titled "Role of Expatriate Journalists and Mass Media in Shaping a Modern Bangladesh", which was also addressed among others, by former law maker Iffat Ara Begum, ABPMC general secretary Abdul Matin, joint editor of the daily Prothom Alo Sohrab Hassan, news editor of the daily Sangbad Kazi Rafique, ABPMC members Akidul Islam and Nayeem Abdullah.

Australia Bangladesh Press and Media Council also announced a support of Taka one lac for Abdul Hakim Shimul's family, Shahjadpur correspondent of the Daily Samakal, who died on Friday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)