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'Bangabandhu's speech on ethics of journalism a memorable one'

DHAKA, Aug 23, 2016 (BSS) - Journalist leaders at a discussion here today said the speech of Bangabandhu on principle and ethics of journalism he had delivered 44 years ago at a media conference in Dhaka was a 'memorable speech' for the present media workers.

"Freedom of the press, responsibilities of journalists and many other things are to be learned from the speech," they told the discussion on "Bangabandhu and Mass Media" organized by Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) and Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ).

With chairman of PIB and Samakal Editor Golam Sarwar in the chair, Prime Minister's Media Advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury spoke at the discussion meeting as the chief guest. BFUJ President Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul conducted it. PIB Director General Shah Alamgir gave the address of welcome.

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said after 1971 when Bangabandhu started to reconstruct war-ravaged Bangladesh, the defeated forces of the War of Liberation began conspiracies. "In the same way, when Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is trying to establish Bangladesh as a dignified nation, the evil forces are conspiring against her," he said.

Quoting the Bangabandhu's speech on 'objective journalism', the media advisor said, "Our existence will be at stake in absence of Bangalee nationalism.

"The call of Bangabandhu for objective and responsible journalism was a memorable one," he said.

Golam Sarwar said all journalists are working together against violence and militancy. Journalists have to play an active role to take the country forward upholding the idealism of Bangabandhu under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said.

BFUJ secretary general Omar Faruque, treasurer Madhusudan Mandal, vice -presidents Shahid Ul Alam, Pradip Shankar and Manatosh Dey, DUJ president Shaban Mahmud, CUJ president Reaz Haider, MUJ president Ataul Karim, BUJ president Amzad Hossain, KUJ president Zahid Hossain, RUJ president Kazi Shahed, Wahedul Alam of DUJ and KUJ general secretary Mohammad Sohel, among others, spoke.

Presidents and general secretaries of all affiliated bodies of BFUJ, it's executive committee members and other journalist leaders were present.

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