Media should play vital role in protecting rivers

Published : 16 May 2024 10:16 PM

Speakers have urged the media to play a more responsible role in protecting the rivers. 

They said that many stories not being published due to the corporate ownership of the media.

Media houses have to get out of this place. In order to increase the capacity of media workers, they should be brought under training. Media workers from all over the country should work together.

They said these at a civic dialogue titled 'Role of mass media in stopping river pollution' organized by Waterkeepers Bangladesh on Thursday.

Among others, former Chairman of National River Protection Commission Dr. Mujibur Rahman Howladar, Former Member of Parliament Shamim Haider Patwari and Advocate Gloria Jharna Sarkar, Training Coordinator of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Jilhas Uddin Nipun, Treasurer of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Khairuzzaman Kamal, Head of Media Department of Workers Party of Bangladesh Mostafa Alamgir Ratan, Chief Reporter of Daily Star Pinaki Roy, Associate Chief News Editor of Ekatar Television Ahsan Habib Palash, Kalerkantha senior reporter Nikhil Chandra Bhadra, Nexus Television Current Affairs Editor Amin Al Rashid, Tours and Travel businessman Jannatul Ferdowsi Manu, lecturer Mohammad Golam Sarwar, spoke on the dialogue.

Faisal Ahmed, editor of River Bangla, presented the keynote paper in the dialogue. Dr. Mujibur Rahman Howladar said, our slogan of independence was, Tomar amar thikana, Padma-Meghna-Jamuna. If you go to work to save those Padma, Meghna, Jamuna, threats come today. Media workers have shown the ability to deal with those threats. Reports are coming in the media.

There are many quality reports. However, the quality of the report should be increased. It is everyone's responsibility to protect the river. It is time to talk about why the laws of the river are not being enforced, he added. Jatiya Party leader Shamim Haider Patwari said it is very important to save the river.

The organisation’s President Sharif Jamil said, as the people of the riverine country, we have to know the river. The people of England saved the river Thames from pollution. We need to decontaminate our polluted rivers. Dhaka's rivers are about to disappear. Occupiers are taking over regularly.

All the grabbers should be evicted from the rivers. Pollution should be brought under control by treatment of polluted effluents from factories by setting up ETPs.