Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday asked the media to get rid of the negative frame of mind in general about the government and expected journalists to portray the development of the country positively.
“There is a misconception that the media would not sustain unless it take a negative stance against the government. Now, we have come out of such misconceptions,” the Bangladesh premier said while inaugurating the biennial council of newsmen’s apex Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ).
“We don’t want your favour. The media must focus on the truth. If we do anything for the development of the country, it should be published properly, not in the interest of myself or our party, but in the interest of the country,” she said in the council.
Speaking at the function on the Jatiya Press Club premises the premier said a fortnightly government review of newspaper and electronic media reports suggested that those mostly contained negative news as far as the government or the ruling party was concerned.
“The media should always play a role to brighten the country’s image. Let the people know about the government programmes for welfare and build public confidence to take forward the country,” she added.
The Prime Minister, also the Awmi League President, regretted that since she was entrusted with the Awami League’s stewardship 37 years ago she never got much cooperation from the press.
“Other than few exceptions, I had to proceed amidst adversity and negative criticism. It did not cause me headache though, because I knew what I was doing,” the PM said.
She added that she believes the path of truth and honesty will certainly yield good results.