DHAKA, June 28, 2014 (BSS) – Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu, MP today said, ” The main obstacle to democratic progress is influence peddling. This generates corruption.”

The minister called upon the administration and media to refrain from engaging in nepotism based on familiarity or party affiliation.

He was speaking at a function organized by Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB), Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) and the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism of Dhaka University on ” Media Award for fighting corruption Bangladesh”. The function was provided financial and technical assistance by German donor agency GIZ.

The acting chairman of the Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Professor Golam Rahman, chaired the meeting while those who spoke at the function included the chairman of ACC, Md Badiuzzamn, Information Secretary Mortuza Ahmed, Director General of Press Institute of Bangladesh, Shah Alamgir and others.

Those who were present on the occasion included the chief editor and managing director of BSS, Abul Kalam Azad, and the prime minister’s press secretary Shamim Chowdhury.

The information minister said what is printed in the media is not taken into consideration by the administration. This should be taken into consideration. He also called upon journalists to follow-up on stories till they are resolved.

The minister handed over awards to the five journalists who had won. They are Rozina Islam, senior reporter of Prothom Alo in the national daily newspaper category; Khurshid Jahan Shapla of Gramer Kagoj of Jessore in the regional newspaper category; Sadiqur Rahman of the New Age magazine in the weekly category; Md. Badruddozza Babu of Machhranga Television in the television category and Mehedi Hasan of the same television in the television camera person category.

The awardees will participate in a global media forum in Bonn
from June 30 to July 2, 2014.