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Community Media representatives met new Information Minister

A delegation team of three community media representatives leading by the Chairperson, Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) and Executive Director, Coast Trust Mr. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury met Minister Dr. Mohammad Hasan Mahmud, who took the charge of the Ministry of Information, People’s Republic of Bangladesh today at 12.30 PM. They welcomed the minister with a bouquet of flower and a crest. Mr. Abdul Malek Honorable Secretary of the Ministry of Information, was present at that time.
The delegation team updated the Honorable Minister about the status 18 community radio stations of the country, and the campaign to make the on 11th Parliament Election 2018 as free, fair, participatory and accountable. They added that all 18 Community Radios had been broadcasting 1152 hours programs from December 27 till December 30 continuously.
Songs on liberation war enriched with non-communal empathy and emotion, patriotic songs, instructions and announcements of Election Commission, jingle, PSA, audio clips, Speech of March 7, 1971; drama based on Liberation War, role of voters and civil society, law and enforcement authority and interview of freedom fighters were broadcasted. Besides, radio talk show and community dialogue organized with the participation of local professionals and select government officials.
A total of 100 community Radio reporters were engaged for collecting election related information continuously. They also captured interviews and voxpop of police officers election candidates and voters, statistics of male & female voters and number of booth, situation of local constituency units and live broadcasting of the general election results from the Returning Officer.
Dr Mahmud, Honorable Minister welcomed the delegation of Community Media and assured his cooperation for the further development of Community Radio’s in Bangladesh.
Mr. AHM Bazlur Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, BNNRC and Mr. Mustafa Kamal Akanda, Assistant Director of Coast Trust accompanied with the delegation team.

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