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Bangladesh: More community radio in the offering – Information Minister


DHAKA, April 26, 2016 (BSS) – The government would further expand community radio in order to provide the platform for citizens to raise their voices, especially for the masses at the grassroots, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said today.

Inu revealed this information to visiting Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations, Howe Liang Zhu, who is now in the city on a four-day visit to Bangladesh, said an official release.

“We have taken the decision (for more community radios) to bring the marginalized people into the mainstream of development and spearhead sustainable development,” the minister told Liang Zhu, who along with UNDP Representative Robert Watkins, met him at his ministry office here.

Inu listed a number of steps taken by the present government with regards to mass media expansion and said a new horizon has been drawn in the area of free press side by side with cleaning the political dirt to bring back politics on track.

The minister said mass media had earlier been regarded as a strong opponent of the autocratic and communal regimes while it has now become a co-facilitator for national development. He also credited Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her sincere and brave efforts in ensuring media freedom and protecting democracy.

Liang Zhu conveyed warm felicitation to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for media expansion in the country and assured that the United Nations would provide necessary cooperation for its further expansion in Bangladesh.

Senior officials of the ministry and UNDP Assistant Country Director Shaila Khan were also present.

Source: BNNRC

5th World Radio Day 2016 observed in Bangladesh


The 5th World Radio Day 2016 was observed with a colorful rally, discussion session and cultural programs in Bangladesh.

The Hon’ble Minister for the Ministry of Information, Mr. Hasanul Haq Inu, MP Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, was the Chief Guest at the opening ceremony of World Radio Day activities in Betar Bhaban, Agargaon, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Mr. A S M Mahbubul Alam, Addl. Secretary and In charge of Hon’ble Secretary, Ministry of Information and  Mr. A K M Rahamat Ullah, MP, Chairman  of parliamentary standing committee for the Ministry of Information also attended as special guests.

Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and Member, World Radio Day Observation International Committee, and Mr. AKM Nesar Uddin Ahmed, Director General of Bangladesh Betar (Newly Appoint) also spoke at the opening ceremony.

Ms. Shahjadi Anjuman Ara, Addl. Secretary (Broadcast) and In charge of Director General of Bangladesh Betar presided over the opening ceremony.

16 Community Radio Stations, 12 Medium wave stations, 35 FM station of Bangladesh Betar and 14 Private FM station observed 5th World Radio day 2016 on 13 February 2016 in different part of Bangladesh.

Source: BNNRC

Community Radio Stations create awareness on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh

Seven Community radio stations in Bangladesh now involved  in increasing community awareness on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons  through broadcasting radio magazine program under a three-month  project titled “Media Campaign through Community Radio on Improvement of the Real Situation of Overcrowding in Prisons in Bangladesh (IRSOP)’’ under the coordination of Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh  and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) – Bangladesh.

The Program is aimed to provide the grassroots level community the information related to legal assistance, legal rights, restorative justice through alternative resolution, reducing repeated crimes and referral system in case of drug addiction and thus contribute in reducing prison overcrowding and improving legal protection for poor and vulnerable prisoners through radio magazine program.

Under this project 7 community radio stations of the country  – Radio Padma 99.2 (Rajshahi), Community Radio Nalta 99.2 (Satkhira), Community Radio Pollikontho 99.2 (Moulvibazar), Community Radio Sagar Giri 99.2 (Chittagang), Community Radio Chilmari 99.2 (Kurigram), Community Radio Jhunuk 99.2 (Jhenaidha) and Community Radio Bikrampur 99.2 (Munshigonj) started  broadcasting magazine program in the  name of “khola Janala”. The program is giving emphasis on the issues like Over Crowding & Restorative Justice, Legal Assistance, and Training & Rehabilitation of Prisoners, Village Court, Reducing Repeated Crimes and Referral System in case of Drug Addiction.

The 45 minutes program is designed in two segments: first is a 25 minutes magazine program. It is combination of report, vox-pop, interview, promo, public service announcement (PSA), local song, and drama etc. The second segment in the program is a 20 min. dialogue, where two local guests discussed on that broadcasting issue. They would be Jailer/ Jail Super/ members of Jail Inspection Committee, Advocate, and members of Para-Legal, representation of Social Welfare Department and Local government, Civil Society members, local NGOs and development workers etc. Besides, there is a quiz contest system in the program. In every espied, a question is asked to the audience on issues that broadcasted and three persons are selected through lottery from who responded correctly. Later they are awarded by radio sets.

Until 10 December, 2015, the radio stations have broadcast two episodes among six episodes of the magazine program on Over Crowding & Restorative Justice, Village Court and Legal Assistance. The programs were rebroadcast two times respectively on the day after broadcasting and first rebroadcasting.

In the light of the dialogue segment of the magazine program, we can expect the opportunity to initiate the dialogue between 84 (per episode 2 guests x 6 episode x 7 radio stations=84) local resources and community radio as well community people.

Mentioned that, total 21 youth and youth women (community broadcasters) have got better understanding, knowledge and gathered skills on how to produce a fruitful magazine program on the issues through a day long project orientation program. It is most important that, through the magazine program 3.382 million community people of the target areas (07 CR station areas in 07 districts of the country) will be aware reagarding legal protection and restorative justice which can help to resolve/mediate the conflict in an alternative way at local level.  There is a focus on speeding up the release of those detainees whose detention was unlawful or disproportionate, especially women, children and other disadvantaged groups.

Source: BNNRC