Experts and media gatekeepers yesterday stressed enhanced media stake in handling disasters through spearheading a round the year campaign for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) through awareness generation.
They came out with a series of recommendations, one being formulation of a media policy on disaster, as the news managers of mainstream print and electronic media joined an interaction hosted by SEEDS Asia, a leading disaster management organization based in Japan's Kobe at the CIRDAP auditorium in the city.
Chief Information Commissioner Prof Golam Rahman moderated the discussion which was held against the recent onslaughts of floods, water logging and landslides across the country.
The participants focused on the challenges faced by editors in the publication of disaster management topics and steps that must be taken to bring changes.
The news managers recommended that the media could act as a pressure group to include DRR in official policy while the media houses could develop a disaster beat for regular DRR reporting.
During the discussion, SEEDS Asia's media specialist Suvendrini Kakuchi gave a presentation on role of the Japanese media in disaster risk reduction with its focus on saving lives through the regular dissemination of factual information and lesson learned from survivors based on the concept of mutual and self-help.