Govt, media will work together to tackle crisis: Hasan

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 17:40, Mar 30, 2020 | Updated : 17:52, Mar 30, 2020

File photo of Information Minister Dr Hasan MahmudThe government and media will work together to cope with the ongoing coronavirus crisis, says Information Minister Hasan Mahmud.
“The government and media will work together to tackle the coronavirus crisis… At the same time, today we discussed the media’s internal problems emerging from the current crisis,” he told media after a meeting with media owners and editors on Monday (Mar 30), reports state news agency BSS.
Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, said various rumours are being disseminated in the country over the COVID-19, while some online news portals are creating panic among the people by releasing fake news items.
Noting that the country’s mainstream media are playing a vital role against rumours, he said, “The government is taking actions against the rumour creators. We have sought cooperation from the mainstream media to this end.”
“This time, people should not be panicked but they should be made aware (of coronavirus). Today, we discussed what the government should do at this moment. We have decided to work together,” he added.
The information minister said various problems have been created in newspapers and television channels during the ongoing crisis period, while circulations of many newspapers drastically declined.
Newspaper workers and hawkers are now in a trouble and the TV channels are also facing the same situation, he said, adding that they discussed these problems in today’s meeting.