Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury urged the mass media to play more effective role for making ongoing development sustainable.
"The role of mass media is obvious to consolidate the democracy," she said while addressing as the chief guest at the opening ceremony of the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) annual general meeting at city's Segunbagicha.
Lauding the role of the DRU, Dr Shirin Sharmin said the unity has been playing for professional development and establishing rights and dignity of the mass media workers since its foundation.
"DRU is undertaking and implementing various programmes for promoting objective and quality journalism, welfare of the newsmen, enhancing mutual cooperation and development professionalism," she told the inaugural function.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government has ensured other facilities of the Journalists including enactment of Journalists Welfare Trust Act, she said adding: "Bangladesh today has been established as a digitalized country for her [Sheikh Hasina] prudent leadership.
"The country has been connected virtually due to spread of digitalized facilities during the pandemic period, said the Speaker and urged the social media, online portal and print media for constructing a prosperous and developed Bangladesh through displaying accurate information.
"it is commendable that the DRU is patronizing equally the male and female journalists,' she mentioned.
Formers DRU leaders Shahjahan Sarder, Rafiqul Islam Azad, Mahfuzur Rahman, Shafiqul Karim Sabu, Sukkur Ali Suvo, Elias Hossain, Shakawat Hossain Badsha spoke the function while DRU President Mursalin Nomani chaired.
The function was moderated by its general secretary Mashiur Rahman Khan.
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