DHAKA, July 12, 2018 (BSS) – Editors, journalists, academics and activists at a dialogue today recognised the need for a common framework of guideline towards better safety and security of journalists in the context of increasing threats and risks.
They also agreed that physical, psychological, legal and digital aspects constitute equally important safety issues for newsmen.
The Editors’ Council organized the ‘Regional Dialogue on Safety and Security for Journalists’ at the BRAC Centre in the capital, a press release said.
The event was attended by journalists from local and national news outlets covering print, electronic and online mediums, journalist union leaders, academics, civil society representatives and experts.
The participants said that the guideline of journalists’ safety protocol should be a product of a joint exercise of all quarters concerned, including the Editors’ Council, Newspaper Owners’ Association, Press Institute of Bangladesh, journalists’ unions, Jatiya Press Club, the Dhaka Reporters Unity and all such bodies.
Editors stressed that prevailing international best practices should form the basis of the safety protocol, which will hopefully be adopted and practised by media outlets.
The dialogue urged the government and its agencies to do as much as possible to ensure safety and security of journalists.
International speakers included Sri Lanka-based Ranga Kalansooriya, Regional Advisor for Asia, International Media Support, India-based Rana Ayyub, investigative journalist and writer and UK-based Lucy Freeman, Chief Executive of Media Legal Defense Initiative, the release said.
Reazuddin Ahmed, a veteran journalist and member of the Editors’ Council, chaired and moderated the programme.
Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of the Daily Star and also the Editors’ Council general secretary, introduced the topic of the event and welcomed the participants.