‘People rely more on online media’

Speakers on a dialogue on ‘Mass media: Freedom and responsibility’ retaliated as receivers are more dependants on online Media than previous days.The dialogue was organized by Journalism and peace foundation (JPF) and held at Dhaka Reporters Unity in the capital on Friday.
Toab khan, advising editor of Daily Janakantha said, “Professionalism and a view of accountability would ensure the freedom of press.”
A journalist is delimited by own judgment, society and state. Mass media need no regulations for freedom if one and all go after the state achieved by 3 millions courtesy during 1971, Toab Khan added.
Mahbubul Alam, Editor of English daily the Independent, said “We are observing different scenarios in mass media. It’s not like previous days. People are not dependent only in print and electronic media. They are relying more on online and social media. Some day all will rush to online media for news updates. But updates have some problems. One could make falsified information’s for rush.”
Mahbubul Alam also hinted about rules and regulations. He said, “Existing laws are enough to maintain regulations and responsibility. So we don’t need additional guidance for online media.”
Sohrab Hassan, Joint editor of the Daily Prothom Alo, said, “Freedom is not unconditional. If we assert the truth, no one will raise quarries on Freedom of press. Now, media in Bangladesh is on their peak of free access to the people.”
Editor of Daily Bangladesh Pratidin Noeem Nizam said, “Ruling Party always demands fervor from mass media and derogatively depart journalists. It’s ominous for responsibility of a journalist. It’s not possible to enact media regulations without self responsibility of journalists”.
Executive Editor of Dainik Sangbad Munirruzzaman also pointed on responsibilities of media.
He said, “Responsibility is inevitable for Freedom of press. Now journalists are responsible for their party, politics and owners. They are not behind the society. Journalists should come out from these responsibilities to create atmosphere for free speech.”
Shahin Reza Noor, executive editor of Daily Ittefaq talked on leadership of journo organizations. He also remarked the leadership as non professional.
The dialogue was moderated by Harun Habib, Executive Director of Journalism and Peace foundation (JPF).
Editor of the Daily Bhorer Kagoj Shyamol Datta, Chief Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Azizul Islam, Provash Amin of ATN News and Professor of Media and Mass communication Department of Dhaka University Dr Golam Rohman also talked on the dialogue. (Source: banglanews24.com)

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