Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, in a message congratulated the press on “World Press Freedom Day”, agencies report. The theme for this year as announced by the UN is: “Journalism be extended even further.”
In a message the minister said that the current government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was fully committed to press freedom and its policy regime had led to a “media boom” in the country. He said that the number of newspapers had doubled during the current government’s tenure and it had crossed the thousand mark. He also said that in addition to the three government-owned television channels the government had provided permission and logistical support to more than 25 television channels.
Besides, 15 FM radio channels were in operation apart from the government-owned Bangladesh Betar. The message also said that 17 community radios had been permitted to lend voice to the grassroots and coastal people. The minister also said that as a testament to the government’s commitment to a free press the government had enacted the Right to Information (RTI) Act and had formed a commission for its implementation.
Currently over a thousand journalists had been trained by the commission about their rights. In addition, the message said that a journalists’ welfare fund had been created for the well-being of pressmen.