Bangladesh Press Council Day will be observed in the country today in a befitting manner.
Bangladesh Press Council was established on February 14, 1974 by enacting the Bangladesh Press Council Act by the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to protect press freedom and improve its standard.
On the eve of the day, president Md Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all concerned, including the press council and journalists, and wishing all programmes of the day a success.
In his message, the president said, ‘Bangabandhu had a friendly relationship with journalists throughout his life. He could realise, with his humane approach, the issues like problems, prospects and development of this profession.’
Realising that journalist society would be an associate force of democracy, Bangabandhu enacted the Bangladesh Press Council Act in 1974 to protect freedom of press and its development, Hamid added.
The council has also been working to ensure improvement of the standard of the newspapers and prevent yellow journalism alongside implementing the endeavor of Bangabandhu, he said, adding, ‘I hope it will play a more effective role in ensuring freedom of the mass media.’
Referring to Bangabandhu’s initiative in enacting Bangladesh Press Council Act in 1974, prime minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, said Awami League government always plays the vital role in flourishing mass media in the country.
‘We gave approval to private satellite televisions in the country during our regime from 1996 to 2001 for the first time. Our government is now working relentlessly to implement the ‘Vision 2021’ and ‘Vision 2041’. The mass media can play a vital role in attaining targets of the visions,’ she said.
‘We enacted the Right to Information Act-2009 and established Information Commission. We also formulated National Broadcast Policy,’ the premier said, adding that a total of 44 private television channels, 22 FM radios and 32 community radios got approval while 485 daily newspapers are being published daily across the country.
Sheikh Hasina said her government formed the Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust to ensure welfare of the journalists and the 9th wage board to improve their living standard.
A 31-storied Bangabandhu Media Center is being built at the Jatiya Press Club in the city, the prime minister said, adding that all press clubs across the country were given financial grants for their modernisation.
‘Following these measures, the mass media are enjoying full freedom. All facilities of getting information have reached the doorsteps of the people,’ she added.
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