Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Saturday urged the media to pursue objective journalism to play a vital role in helping democracy flourish.
He made the call while speaking at a ceremony marking the second anniversary of News24, a satellite television channel owned by Bashundhara Group, country’s largest business and industrial conglomerate, at International Convention City Bashundhara in the capital.
The minister also urged the media to effectively face three challenges before them — militancy, cybercrime and yellow journalism.
News24, a news-based nonstop television channel under East West Media Group Ltd (EWMGL), a concern of Bashundhara Group, celebrated the second anniversary with a renewed pledge to showcase the country’s positive image across the globe.
Ruling Awami League’s General Secretary Obaidul Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, greeted the news broadcaster by saying, “Happy Birthday to News24. I wish the television channel a bright future.”
The celebration began with a reception accorded to the players of Bangladesh’s war-time football team called ‘Shwdhin Bangla Football Team’ by News24 in recognition of their contribution to the country’s independence.
The footballers are Zakaria Pintoo (captain), Protap Shankar Hazra (vice-captain) and Mohammad Abdus Sattar Miah, Mohammed Kaikobad, AKM Nowsheruzzaman, Saidur Rahman Patel, Kazi Salahuddin, Aminul Islam Suruj, Bimol Kar, Sheikh Taslim Uddin, Dhiren Das, Lutfar Rahman, Shuvash Saha, Fazle Sadain Mridha and Sheikh Ashraf Ali.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan and Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir and the information minister handed over crests to them. Bashundhara Group managing director’s son Walid Sobhan was also present on the occasion.
The Bashundhara Group chairman expressed the hope that News24 will always speaks for the people and showcases the country’s development across the globe.
He thanked all viewers of the TV channel in 134 countries across the world.
News24 Chief Executive Naem Nizam highlighted the success of the television channel and the dedication and hard work put together by his team that helped drive the enormous popularity of the new channel in a short span of time.
“As a latest entity of East West Media Group, News24 commenced its journey two years ago with a vow to project the positive image of Bangladesh across the world. Now, viewers from 134 countries watch our news programmes,” Naem said.
He informed that the news-focused channel always upholds the dignity of country’s glorious liberation war with the participation of people of all views and ideas.
On behalf of the footballers, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Senior Vice President Abdus Salam Murshedy expressed gratitude to the News24 authorities for recognising the members of Swadhin Bangla Football Team.
Later, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan, along with Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir, his son Walid Sobhan and other distinguished guests cut a cake marking the second anniversary of the TV channel.
Former minister GM Quader, Dhaka South City Mayor Mohammad Sayeed Khokon, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Vice-chairman Khandaker Mahbub Hossain, Joint Secretary General Moazzem Hossain Alal, Jatiya Party Secretary General Ruhul Amin Howlader, members of parliament Shamim Osman and Kazi Feroz Rashid, Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) President Advocate Zainul Abedin, HRPB President advocate Manzil Morshed, former FBCCI presidents Abdul Awal Mintoo and Mir Nasir Hossain, BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman and former president Atiqul Islam, RAB Director General Benazir Ahmed, DMP Commissioner Asaduzzman Miah, ophthalmic surgeonSyed Modasser Ali, Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha Managing Director Abul Kalam Azad and Prime Minister’s Deputy Press Secretary Ashraful Alam Khokon came to greet the television authorities at the anniversary event.
Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, Kaler Kantho Imdadul Haq Milon, Publisher of newspapers under EWMGL Maynal Hossain Chowdhury, News24 Executive Director Hasnain Khurshid, Daily Sun Executive Editor Shiabur Rahman, Kaler Kantho Executive Editor Mostofa Kamal, News24 Head of News Shahnaz Munni and Head of Current Affairs Samia Zaman were also present.
News24 started its journey as a broadcast media entity of EWMGL on July 28 in 2016.