Bangladesh Press Council (BPC) Day is being noticed within the nation on Monday in a befitting method.
Bangladesh Press Council was established on February 14, 1974, by enactment of the Bangladesh Press Council Act by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to guard press freedom and enhance its customary.
On the eve of the day, President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all individuals affiliated to the mass media and the journalists who gained the BPC award for investigative and artistic experiences.
In addition they wished all of the day’s programmes a hit.
In his message, the President stated aside from making certain the usual of the newspapers, the BPC has been working relentlessly since its inception in 1974 to stop yellow journalism.
Noting that freedom of the press, free entry to info and empowerment of the persons are interrelated, he stated impartial and neutral position of the newspapers could be very essential to provide institutional form to democracy together with its flourishing.
Impartial and free mass media could make a optimistic contribution to consolidating democracy in addition to establishing human rights and rule of legislation, Hamid stated.
Together with consolidating the democracy, he stated, the federal government is implementing numerous initiatives and programmes, together with the institution of human rights and rule of legislation, to remodel Bangladesh right into a developed and affluent nation by 2041.
“I believe the duty and cooperation of the mass media is essential for the graceful implementation of those programmes,” the President added. He hoped that the mass media will come ahead to ascertain an egalitarian and simply society by publishing goal information and opinions.
Referring to Bangabandhu’s initiative in enacting BPC Act in 1974, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, stated Awami League (AL) all the time works for the event of the mass media every time it kinds authorities.
“In 1996-2001 time period, we gave approval to the nation’s first non-public satellite tv for pc tv, which ensured free circulation of knowledge,” she stated.
Terming the AL authorities as a mass media-friendly one, the premier stated the nation’s mass media are actually having fun with full freedom.
Highlighting the federal government’s numerous initiatives taken for flourishing the nation’s mass media and knowledge and knowledge expertise, Sheikh Hasina stated, “The AL authorities has declared the mass media as an business”.
Noting that there are a complete of three,137 newspapers, together with registered dailies, weekly, fortnightly, quarterly and half yearly magazines, within the nation, the Prime Minister stated 45 non-public tv channels, 14 IPTVs, 27 FM radios and 31 neighborhood radios obtained approval through the AL regime.
She stated the federal government has offered monetary and different help to bancrupt, indigent, helpless and sick journalists, together with those that died of Covid-19, and their households by the Journalist Welfare Belief through the coronavirus outbreak.
Ninth Wage Board has been awarded for journalists and grants are being given for modernizing the press golf equipment throughout the nation whereas a nationwide broadcasting act is being enacted to make the mass media sturdy and up-to-date, and set up self-discipline and accountability within the digital media, she stated.
In addition to, the current authorities has set a novel precedent in implementing the rights of media staff by taking an initiative to enact a long-cherished legislation (Mass-Media Staff (situations of service) Act) for media staff, Sheikh Hasina stated.
Mentioning that the Bangladesh Press Council Padak is being awarded to newspapers and journalists since 2018 to encourage trustworthy journalism, she hoped that that the BPC will proceed its pioneering position additional to guard the liberty of the mass media and enhance their customary sooner or later.