DHAKA: Justice Chandramauli Kumar Prasad, chairman of Indian Press Council (PCI) observed that journalism in both India and Bangladesh faces similar type of challenges.
He presented this opinion before the senior journalists of Banglanews, the Daily Kaler Kantho, the daily Bangladesh Pratidin, the Daily Sun and News24 while exchanging views them held at the conference room of East-West media group on Wednesday (September 28).
PCI chairman told that their organization is playing an important role in the interest of the Indian journalists.
He opined that, “journalism has become very risky in this sub-continent. The journalists are facing threat and other challenges in discharging their duties”.
He said that the present challenges are of different types than before. It is very difficult to face it now.
“On many occasions the journalists are to face repressions and tortures, even many lost their lives,” he said.
He further said “in many states of India there are several barriers for the journalists particularly in Bihar and some other eastern states including Assam. Few days back a number of journalists were killed in Bihar”.
“From this point of view the journalists of both countries are facing same challenges. To face this challenge journalists of the two countries are to build up cooperation and more contacts,” he said.
He appreciated the commitment of the Bangladeshi journalists particularly the role of print, on line, and electronic media is praiseworthy against militancy, he mentioned.
PCI chairman also lauded the role of the Bangladesh government’s zero tolerance policy against militancy.
However, like other professions there some fake journalists who are hiding themselves silently. He further said that, “good and bad are everywhere. There are extortionists and opportunist journalists all around.”
In his language “there are some dark areas in journalism also”.
He felt the urgency to be careful about the fake journalists.
Prakash Dubey, group editor of the Hindi daily ‘the Dainik Bhaskar’ said, “Now a days people are more conscious than before and for these reasons they consume more news. But this profession has become risky day by day.”
“Politicians in power, influential quarters, under ground dons and miscreant groups are the barriers on way to independent journalism. The journalists are not getting justice though repression is going on them. Even the administrations do not stand by their side”, he added.
Editor of Chaptey Chaptey published from Kolkata Bipin Newar said, “at present journalism is not of conventional nature. The days of print media’s single charisma are gone. Now the online, social media, face book, twitter, apps have become very powerful and popular. People do not like to read the old news, they want to read update and latest news. So the traditional media shall have to add something new. If not then what is the utility of traditional media?”
In his opinion “journalism has become an unguided missile to many which is dangerous. Many are involved in misdeeds wearing the identity of journalists. Time has come to think about them”.
On behalf of East-West media group editor of Bangladesh Protidin and CEO of News24 Naem Nizam, editor of the daily Sun Jamilur Rahman, advisory editor Amir Hossain and advisor of East –West media group Abu Tayeb spoke on journalism in Bangladesh and the reality.
Executive editor of the daily Kaler Kantho Mostofa Kamal, joint editor Towhidur Rahman, joint editor Chowdhury Aftabul Islam, Consultant editor of Banglanews Jewel Mazhar, Head of News Mahmood Menon, Deputy editor of Kaler Kantho Mustafa Mamun, News editor Khairul Bashar Shamim, Current Affairs editor of News24 Samia Rahman, Executive editor of Bangladesh Pratidin Abu Taher, deputy editor Mahmud Hasan, News editor Kamal Mahmud and chief reporter Manjurul Islam were present in the view exchange meeting.
After the view exchange all participated in the luncheon.
Later on PCI chairman accompanied by the secretary and other nine member delegation went round the different offices of East-West media group.
BDST: 2000 HRS, SEP 28, 2016