Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said that the integrity, credibility and objectivity of the media was important and that it protects itself from lies, rumors and truncated reality that bombard it, often.
The minister was speaking at a function on "Press Council Day" organized by the Bangladesh Press Council at its auditorium at Topkhana Road.
Chaired by the chairman of the Bangladesh Press Council Justice Mohammad Momtazuddin Ahmed, the meeting was also addressed by prime minister's media advisor, Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and president of the National Press Club Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman.
And it must live up to its expectation.
The information minister congratulated all media persons on the occasion and recollected that it was on February 14, 1974 that Bangabandhu introduced the Press Council Act.
The information minister told the audience that the media was enjoying a boom under the administration of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. "She believes in press freedom and democracy and that's why we want it to be more accountable and participatory as well," he said.
Inu further said that democracy is not merely a license to criticize others but also a mirror of everyday life.
The minister reminded that like every open window a free press also allows the entry of worms and insects. But in the interest of the nation, the government and people will protect their freedom by warding off the militants and other evils who try to abuse freedom and democracy.