MNA National Desk: The inauguration program 2017 of the new executive committee of Dhaka Sub-editors Council (DSEC) was held today at national press club at 11.00am.
Minister of Information Hasanul Haq Inu, MP was present as the chief guest of the program. Abdul Wadud Dara, MP and Chairman of Food related Parliamentary Committee; Muhammad Shafiqur Rahman, President of National Press Club; Shamim Mohammad Afzal, Director General of Islamic Foundation Bangladesh was present as special guests. K.M. Shahidul Huq, President of DSEC chaired the program.
At the beginning of program Tarun Tapon Chakrobarti, former executive committee member of DSEC in his greeting speech expressed his hope for the new committee to preserve the tradition of the organization and wished to work together.
Kaikobad Milon, former president of DSEC said a sub-editor needed to be knowledgeable of all the current issues and all political and international affairs around the world but they didn’t get the proper evaluation and appreciation in consideration of the importance of their works.
Shakhawat Hossain Badsha, President of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), congratulated the new executive committee of DSEC and expressed his warm greetings. He criticized the recent crisis at The Daily Inquilab as the owners of that newspaper didn’t pay the salary since last 26 months and now agreed to pay only 30% of the due. He strongly protested their strategy to compel the employees to sign a Tk.300/- stamp which would say that the employee had been paid while only 30% of the due salary would be paid. He also gave an ultimate to the owner of Inquilab saying that they would conduct a demonstration in front of the Inquilab office tomorrow from 3pm to 7pm until and would also arrange further protest until and unless the employees received their full payment. He urged to the members of DSEC to join them in the demonstration and protest.
The former Secretary General of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Abdul Jalil Bhuiya urged to include the Su-Editor position in the 9th wage board. Besides he also emphasized the deep knowledge requirements of sub-editors in the fields of politics, economics, technology, culture and religion. He said, the journalists had to be united in the question of our independence and sovereignty.
Shamim Mohammad Afzal in his important speech said that, the journalist had to be more conscious about publishing news and editing. By influencing the financial institutions some interested groups wanted to patronize a specific class for carrying out terrorism in Bangladesh, he added.
The Press Club President said a newspaper must work as a team together. “We are not competitor to each other,” Shafiqur Rahman said. He also added that, the print media was under threats as the online revolution grew highly and as a result, many leading newspapers around the world would turn into online version.
Abdul Wadud Dara, MP urged the journalists to work for the welfare of the country and to identify the gaps of government’s works. He also focused on transparent journalism.
Information Minister, Hasanul Haq Inu welcomed the newly elected Executive Committee members of DSEC with crests and flowers. He said that, a sub-editor had to monitor many niceties with proper skills and expertise in several areas.
Regarding the implementation of the 9th wage board, he informed that government must play a neutral role in this matter as a board under the leadership of a retired justice along with representatives from owners, journalists and employees would finalize the matter and government would only facilitate the process. “Without the participation and consent of the owners, the ministry can’t pass the 9th wage board but the field is ready for the discussion,” he added.
He also expressed his regret and suspicions about the supporters of war criminals still active in politics. “The journalists must play a great role to expose the works of not only the war criminals but also the supporters and sponsors of war criminals,” he said. He also identified that, there was no discussion or decision over the trials of war criminals, corruptions, militants and terrorism in BNP’s Vision 2030.
He also noted that, under the strong leadership of the current government Bangladesh is going to achieve record GDP and there are many developments in different areas.
The program ended with a note of thanks from the newly elected President of DSEC, K.M. Shahidul Huq.