Dhaka, Sep 30 : Highlighting the role of the mass media, Bangladesh Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said that objective news can strengthen democracy.
Dr Shirin said there is no alternative to strengthening the media if we want to strengthen democracy. Information published in the mass media can play an important role in creating public opinion, she added. Online media is effective in reaching information to people easily and quickly, she said, lauding the portal parliament bd for its role to uphold the practice of parliamentary democracy.
Dr Shirin said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has encouraged online, print and electronic media. Hence, Bangladesh now became a country of free flow of information. Scope for free flow of information has been created due to the easy availability of the Information and communications technology (ICT). It has also created scope for dissemination of information.
The Speaker remarked while addressing a programme marking the 2nd founding anniversary of online news portal ‘parliamentnewsbd.com’ at Media Centre of Jatiya Sangsad on Monday. Deputy Speaker of Satiya Sangsad Fazley Rabbi Mia, Ataruzzaman Babu, MP, Mostafa Lutfullah, MP, and journalists’ leader Raju Ahmed also spoke at the event. The Speaker inaugurated the event by cutting cake.
“The lawmakers, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, participate in matters like climate change, food security, SDGs and other development works of the government along with the formulation of laws,'' said the Speaker. Referring to a future publication on question-answer session of Prime Minister in the Parliament, the Speaker said it can be used as a ready reference. It would also help facilitate taking decision on the country’s future challenges, she observed.
Chaired by Shakila Parven, editor of the online, the country’s eminent journalists attended the programme, which was moderated by journalist Nikhil Bhadra. (UNI)