Roads Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader urged media to refrain from promoting 'hybrid journalism' to regain its lost image among the people.
"Not only in politics, there are lots of journalists who are doing hybrid journalism taking the advantage of press freedom during the present government's tenure. Bangladesh has now become a factory producing hybrid politicians and journalists. Due to these people, the real politicians and journalists are now being isolated from the mainstream," the Minister said. Obaidul, a former journalist of the now defunct Bangla daily Banglar Bani, on Wednesday launched his vitriolic attack on the journalists while delivering speech at the closing ceremony of a two-day training workshop organised by the Public Administration Ministry.
The Ministry organised the workshop titled "Public Administration and Mass Media" for professional journalists covering news of the Secretariat in association with Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters' Forum (BSRF).
Chaired by the Ministry's Senior Secretary Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury, the workshop was also addressed by Prime Minister's Media Adviser and Editor of the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury as special guest. Ministry's Additional Secretary Subir Kishore Chowdhury and BSRF President Shyamal Sarker and General Secretary Siddiqur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.
Obaidul Quader said despite problems of politicians, Bangladesh is now progressing forward unbelievably due to the tremendous leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Bangladesh has never seen such a leadership in the last 40 years since the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's demise.
He recalled the measures and achievements of the present government. Criticising the politicians who claimed they are clean and honest, Obaidul said, "How can I claim myself honest, if my relatives or subordinates are involved in rampant corruption. No one should claim it. Not only politicians, journalists are also claiming so. They must refrain from such nefarious activities and do real journalism. The Minister also said that the condition of the highways and roads are not so satisfactory at present. However, his Ministry is working hard to ensure smooth travel of the people during Eid-ul Azha vacation. We are working to make the highways and roads usable.
Iqbal Sobhan hoped that the workshop would reduce the gap between government officials and media people. He said, "The present government is working sincerely to ensure press freedom. The media should work neutrally and should publish or broadcast the real news positively."
"But, in case of militancy or terrorism, the media must play a role to prevent such activities to ensure progress of the country," he added.