Fake News

Courier Report
Thursday, November 16th, 2017


The chief guest, State Minister for Foreign Affairs, M Shahriar Alam (5th from left) is seen among other speakers on the stage

 

Shahriar pleads to get rid of fake news and asks politicians, journos to work together for national development

 

Underscoring the need for avoiding fake news, State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam on Tuesday called on the politicians and journalists to play a leading role in the country’s development.

 

He made the call while addressing as the chief guest a function arranged by Rajshahi Divisional Journalists’ Association at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy marking its first founding anniversary.

 

He said if the politicians and journalists uphold their professionalism, the country can attain its development goals and make Bangladesh a prosperous and progressive nation. The chief guest also urged the journalists to produce more investigative reports to dig out the hidden truths.

 

“I’ll appreciate if a journalist files a true report even if it goes against my interest. However, some media outlets are easily taken in by untrue news,” he commented adding that even fake news stories find their way into the television scrolls that must be rejected in order to reveal the truth and demonstrate journalistic professionalism.

 

Chairman of the news agency United News of Bangladesh (UNB) Amanullah Khan as a guest speaker said Bangladesh is united and should remain so from Teknaf to Tetulia. “This is our identity and the source of our strength though each division, district and region has its own distinctive flavour, attributes and characteristics. It is our duty to protect and preserve those unique elements and heritages in our nation state.”

 

He also stressed that it devolves on us to try to project before the world Bangladesh’s true image which is full of positivity and power. Unfortunately, there persists a lot of negative publicity about us abroad which is unfair and is still going on without any sign of abatement. We need to highlight our positive sides in the media. He was dismayed that fake news is coming thick and fast. “We need to guard against fake stories, disinformation and misinformation that is being constantly spewed out.” he said emphasizing the need for maintaining objectivity and truthfulness in reporting.

 

There is no substitute for real and factual news, the UNB Chairman observed, adding we should always keep in mind that truth prevails in the long run. He also appealed to the journalists to resist the barrage of propaganda being unleashed by vested interest groups.

 

Khan also assured the pressmen that UNB is ready to provide any assistance they may need in their quest for objective journalism.

 

Chaired by the president of Rajshahi Divisional Journalists’ Association Khairuzzaman Kamal, the ceremony was addressed among others by Central Executive Committee member of Awami League Prof Merina Akter Jahan, Association’s general secretary Alamgir Hossain, lawmaker Begum Akhter Jahan MP, Jubo Mohila League vice-president Kuheli Quddus Mukti, Dhaka Journalists Union vice-president Atiqur Rahman and senior journalist, Ittefaq, and founder secretary general of United Dhaka Journalists Union Akram Ali Khan.

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