Information Minister Hasnaul Haq Inu today termed mass media as the “affectionate mother” for development of democracy in the country.
“If mass media gets slipped from its own track, democracy will follow it,” he made the remarks while addressing the country’s First National Conference on Mass Communication and Journalism at Nabab Nawab Ali Ch0wdhury Senate Bhaban at Dhaka University.
The university’s Mass Communication and Journalism department arranged the programme with the slogan “Mapping the Terrain of Mass Media Research in Bangladesh: Critical Perspectives”
“It doesn’t matter if the media is pro or anti-government, what is important is that the basic tenets of the state are adhered to,” he said.
Calling upon the mass media not to similarize democracy and autocracy, and freedom fighters and war criminals, the minister said, “You (media) may point out the flaws but surely not support militancy or war crimes.
“Politicians may make mistake, not the mass media. Mass media should be critics but must not play the role of villain for the democracy,” he observed.
Earlier, DU Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique inaugurated the function, also addressed among others by and Prime Minister’s Press Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul.
Professor Mofizur Rahman, chairman of Mass Communication and Journalism, presided over the occasion while Chief Information Commissioner Professor Golam Rahman read-out the keynote paper .
Researchers will present their works on mass media in different sessions of the conference.