Media should neither pamper govt nor advocating militants: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday said that the mass media should neither pamper the government nor advocating for sponsors of the militants.

He made this remark while speaking as the chief guest at a views exchange meeting with a delegation of Bangladesh Weekly Newspapers Editors Council at Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) here.

The information minister said that "the government and the people would expect that the mass media would work with accountability and also independently."

He laid emphasis on going for objective journalism and said it is the sacred duty of the mass media to disseminate information after judging it.

"Media is not supposed to be guided by emotion or any personal motive. The main responsibility of the newsmen is to protect the sanctity of the mass media," the minister said.

Chairman of Bangladesh Press Council Justice Momtaj Uddin Ahmed and Director General of PIB Shah Alamgir, addressed as the special guests at the function with President of Bangladesh Weekly Newspapers Editors Council Rintoo Anwar in the chair.

Secretary General of the council Ali Akbar placed a 14-point demand, including housing facilities, enlisting of the weekly newspapers into the government media list and ensuring accreditation card for the newsmen of the weekly newspapers.

The information minister gave them a patient hearing and assured the representatives of the council of taking measures after scrutinizing their demands.

Earlier, Inu addressed a reunion of former students of Daffodil International Academy as the chief guest.

He said success of students' life lie in devoting themselves to study for their proper attainment and to the task of ensuring wellbeing for the nation.

Deputy Director of British Council Jim Searth addressed as the special guest at the function with academy chairman M Sabur Khan in the chair. Academy executive director Muhammad Nuruzzaman gave the welcome address.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)