Don’t work without appointment letter: Hasan Mahmud urges journalists

Dhaka, Tuesday   31 March 2020

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Don’t work without appointment letter: Hasan Mahmud urges journalists

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 05:36 PM, 27 February 2020   Updated: 05:36 PM, 27 February 2020

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressing at bi-annual general meeting of Dhaka Union Of Journalists (DUJ)

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud addressing at bi-annual general meeting of Dhaka Union Of Journalists (DUJ)

Information Minister and Awami League Joint General Secretary Dr. Hasan Mahmud urged journalists not to work without an appointment letter.  

“I have seen in organizations that journalists are not given appointment papers. Do not work without an appointment letter when working in the media — due to this, if someone works without this then he can be retrenched anytime for any reason,” he made the remarks at inaugural session of the bi-annual general meeting of Dhaka Union Of Journalists (DUJ) at the auditorium of the Jatiya Press Club on Thursday.   

It has been seeing the journalists being retrenched with various excuses lately, said Dr. Hasan Mahmud. “This is not legal. I urge the owners not to retrench the newsmen and leave them in danger.”

Mentioning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is journalist-friendly, Information Minister said, “The number of newspapers in US has decreased over the last 10 to 12 years but this has increased in Bangladesh. This is because the government is media-friendly.”

“Although I was not a journalist, I worked as a newsman for a long time. After Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina gave me the responsibility of this ministry, I am with you from the beginning with your cooperation. We are making a decision after discussing it with you and implemented it.” 

“The wage board that was made is being implemented. The journalist’s union should play an important role in this,” he said. “During BNP tenure, the media workers were made laborers. Now it has been removed and made them as media activists. A final decision has been made to ensure that everyone gets equal opportunities.” 

Information Minister said Bangladeshi ads were banned in foreign channels. The ads that were showed there should be broadcasted in domestic channels. “The media of our country already getting its benefits.”

Mentioning that the issue of Khaleda Zia’s release has nothing to do with the government, Hasan Mahmud said, “It is the matter of court. The government has nothing to do here.” 

Presided over by Dhaka Union Of Journalists (DUJ) president Abu Jafar Surja, BFUZ president Molla Jalal, secretary general Shaban Mahmud and others were present.

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