Ahmed Akbar Sobhan speaks at the launching ceremony of a Bengali newspaper — the Daily Shomoyer Alo

Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan has urged the newsmen and media houses to play an active role in fight against corruption, drug abuse and other crimes to facilitate uninterrupted economic growth of the country.

He made the call while speaking at the launching of a Bengali newspaper — The Daily Somoyer Alo — sponsored by Amin Mohammad Group at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in the capital on Saturday.

The Bashundhara Group chairman said journalists should highlight the spirit of the liberation war and deep patriotism and push country’s development ventures forward.

“Newspapers and television channels need to highlight the positive steps of the government and criticise mistakes, if any, to rectify the policymakers,” he said.

Terming the press the fourth estate, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said media outlets will have to maintain professionalism so that their news items are regarded as the mirror of the society.

He said the news outlets under East West Media Group Limited (EWMGL), a concern of Bashundhara Group, propagate the spirit of liberation war and communal harmony, and highlight the country’s development thrust, maintaining objectivity in journalism.

“There is a misconception that a media house cannot be popular without running anti-government reports. Journalists will have to focus on economic development, drug abuse and other burning issues,” he said.

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal attended the event as the chief guest. Amin Mohammad Group Chairman MM Enamul Haque presided over the function.

Terming newspapers the mirror of the society, the home minister urged journalists to work for the people and country through their work.

“Journalists can point out the mistakes of the government, if any, to leave a scope for the policymakers to be corrected. Journalists can help the government implement development projects,” he added.

State Minister for Shipping Ministry Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Disaster Management and Relief Dr Md Enamur Rahman, Somoyer Alo Editor Rafiqul Islam Ratan, Daily Observer Editor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, were present, among others, at the function.

Former information minister Abul Kalam Azad, former minister and Jatiya Party leader Ruhul Amin Hawlader, Awami League lawmaker Sagufta Yasmin Emily, Magura Group Chairman Mustafa Kamal Mohiuddin, Rupayan Group Chairman LA Mukul, and Amin Mohammad Group Deputy Managing Director Md Ramzanul Huq Nihad also joined the event.

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