Staff Reporter: Leaders of five journalists ‘organizations have strongly demanded that the media workers’ law be raised and passed in the parliament as soon as possible, besides Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader.
Leaders of five journalists’ organizations led by the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) made the demands in a meeting with Bridge Minister Obaidul Quader at the ministry’s conference room at noon on Tuesday (May 25th). The organizations are: BFUJ, National Press Club, Dhaka Reporters Unity and Broadcast Journalist Center.
Former BFUJ presidents Iqbal Sobahan Chowdhury and Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, National Press Club president Farida Yasmeen, DUJ president Quddus Afrad and general secretary Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu were present at the meeting. Acting Secretary General of BFUZ Abdul Majid, General Secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity Mashiur Rahman Khan, Chairman of Broadcast Journalists Center Rezanul Haque Raja and Member Secretary Shakil Ahmed and Former Secretary General of BFUZ Omar Farooq.
During the meeting, the journalist leaders demanded that the media workers’ law be raised and passed in the parliament as soon as possible.
Moreover, the journalists demanded implementation of the Ninth Wage Board Award with amendments, formation of Wage Board Award for online and television journalists, reinstatement of retrenched journalists and payment of arrears.
The five organizations demanded the formation of an independent inquiry committee into the harassment of senior journalist Rozina Islam at the Secretariat. At the same time, a request was made to withdraw the case filed against Rozina Islam. The leaders expressed their gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for releasing Rozina Islam on bail.
Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said at the meeting that the government does not want the government to be hostile to the media. When the media is strong, the democracy of the country is also strong. He assured to talk to the Prime Minister and other Ministers in charge of Information, Law and Home Affairs to resolve the issues.