Prime Minister's Media Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury underscored the need for close cooperation and interaction among different sections including police and press (PPP) for smooth running of a democratic society.
He made the remark at a seminar titled ‘the role of police and media on public safety’ arranged by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) at a hotel in the city’s Gulshan on Saturday.
Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, also Editor of the Daily Observer, said that the media will have to work as a watchdog to highlight the misuse of power by the members of law-enforcing agencies. Media will also highlight the good job of law enforcers, he added.
“Police with legal weapons will maintain law and order to ensure peaceful life in the society. But the security in the society will break down if they misuse power,” he noted.
“Similarly, the journalists with their mighty pens have to unfold the truth. But the misuse of their pens might create anarchy in the society,” the veteran journalist believes.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque said, “The important persons of the state violate law. The police cannot do whatever they are obliged to do. They have limitations too”.
He admitted the faults of the police in many cases. “We want to fulfill the expectation of people with the help of the mass media,” the IGP said.
Saiful Alam, acting Editor of the Bangla daily Jugantor, said that the police must apply the law properly against violators of public safety.
Naim Nizam, Editor of the daily Bangladesh Protidin, said that the police should not be used politically.
Mej Gen (rtd) Mohammad Ali Shikdar says the reality is far away from expectation of people from police on public safety.
TV moderator Zillur Rahman said that the manpower in police should be increased.
President of Sammilita Sangstrik Jote, Golam Kuddus said that the number of vehicles for law enforcers has to be increased.
Former Information Commissioner Dr Sadeka Halim said the rule of law has to be established for greater benefits of the people.
DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia, who presided over the programme, said, “We want to change ourselves.”
Writer and Columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Editor of Bangla daily Manab Zamin Motiur Rahman Chowdhury, Prof of Dhaka University Dr Salimullah Khan, Election Observer Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah and Fakir Alamgir, among others, spoke on the occasion. Senior Journalist and CEO of ETV Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul moderated the seminar.