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‘Provide proper info to media to contain rumours’

Published : Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM  Count : 115

Speakers at a view-exchange meeting on rumours on Tuesday said the government needs to provide the media with proper information to contain rumour-mongering.
They came up with the remarks at the programme titled "Rumour: The role of Mass Media and Social Networking Sites" arranged by the Press Information Department of the Information Ministry in the capital's CIRDAP auditorium.
Addressing the view exchange meeting, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said a syndicate of anti-liberation, communal, militant forces is the 'organised factory' of producing rumours. "We must take necessary steps to save social networking site Facebook from the grip of this syndicate," said Inu.
Inu said currently different rumours are being spread over shifting of court trying Khaleda Zia. The minister gave his view that it's not important where the court is situated rather, it's important to see whether it's functioning as an open court.
He also urged all to get unite against spreading of rumours, propaganda, incitement and misinterpretation and asked the media to take awareness programme against these.
 In the programme, Prime Minister's information adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said, "The Information Ministry and the Government have to delve into the reasons of the rumours, the purpose of rumour-mongering and the identity of rumour-mongers.

"As rumour is spreading falsehood, they should be dealt with law."

Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, however, said the government should not hastily make any legal provision on rumours before the national elections as it would create doubt.

He said, "As rumours spread due to lack of information, the government will have to provide the media with proper information."

The government needs to fight against rumour-mongering taking media into confidence, Iqbal Sobhan, also the Editor of The Daily Observer, said.

In the programme, Dhaka University Prof Mofizur Rahman presented the keynote paper. He said rumour-mongering takes place due to worries prevailing in the society and lack of reliable source of information.

In the programme, journalists said that if media is restrained, it creates scope for rumour-mongering.    

State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, Information Secretary Abdul Malek, Principal Information Officer Kamrun Nahar, among others, addressed the programme.

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