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Country’s media growing on pressure: TIB

Lastnewsbd, 2nd May, Dhaka: TIB director (outreach and communication) Rezwan-Ul-Alam presented the keynote speech at the dialogue. He said the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) has a total of 17 goals and of them the Goal 16 is about good governance. Good governance, the role of media and freedom of expression are interrelated, read the keynote speech. It further said the government faces deficiency of public confidence when it denies people’s aspirations and limits freedom of expression. “On the other hand, the media too faces deficiency of public confidence when it resorts to morality-less journalism and goes for self-censorship,” it read.

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) executive director Iftekharuzzaman has said the media has played a role in taking country’s democracy forward. “The mass media is making its strides despite obstacles. But pressure on the media is gradually increasing. A congenial atmosphere is an imperative for independent and objective mass media,” said the TIB director on Tuesday. He was speaking at a dialogue styled ‘SDGs 16 and Good Governance: Government, the Media and the People’ organised by the TIB at its office in the capital’s Dhanmondi, marking the World Press Freedom Day, which will be observed on 3 May. Speaking on the occasion as the chair, TIB trustee and former chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda said there should be a balance among all sectors in the society in order to achieve the SDGs. “There are weaknesses in the institutional framework of Bangladesh. Progress is being made although there are criticisms of the government. We’ll have to try to ensure good governance,” said Shamsul.

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