Lack of trust challenge for journalism now
Journalism is facing challenges due to a lack of democratic practices in the country, leading to a drop in trust in the professionals, stated media personalities and journalist leaders at a seminar yesterday.
Factionalisation among journalists' forums and unions reflects this challenge, they said, criticising media ownership aimed at pursuing political goals.
The amended information and communication technology (ICT) act and national broadcasting policy, both in the making, need to be press friendly for the sake of journalism, they added.
Jatiya Press Club organised the seminar, “Emerging Challenges of the Media”, at its premises in the capital.
Ineffective politicians and dictators, not leaders of a democratic country, fear journalism which reflects views of the masses, veteran columnist ABM Musa said as chief guest.
“The notable aspect of our democracy is that whoever tried to grab state power failed to do so in the end,” he said, adding that journalism should be without fear and favour.
In his keynote paper, cine-journalist Chinmoy Mutsuddi said people nowadays do not have as much trust in broadcast and print media as they had in the late 1980s.
“People have a generalised view that journalists are purchasable as it is a fact that trust in journalism has dropped over the years,” he said.
Newly elected president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul said the amended ICT act would only increase journalists' sufferings.
It contradicts the Right to Information Act, 2009, said Information Commissioner Sadeka Halim.
The discussants emphasised the need for government-run media regulatory bodies like Bangladesh Press Council and Press Institute of Bangladesh to be more functional and accountable.