Noab seeks stimulus package for newspapers
Staff Reporter :
Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (NOAB) has sought for stimulus package from the government to run the media industry amid fall in newspapers' circulation over countrywide coronavirus shutdown.
They came up with the demand during a meeting with Information Minister Hasan Mahmud at his Minto Road residence in the capital on Monday.
President of NOAB AK Azad, Executive Member Matiur Rahman, Sampadak Parishad President Mahfuz Anam, General Secretary Naem Nizam, Senior Vice-president of Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) and Editors Guild's President Mozammel Haque Babu and ATCO Director Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present at the meeting.
The minister also said the government and the mass media will work more closely to tackle Covid-19 outbreak.
Mentioning that some online portals spread rumours during any crisis to create confusions among people, the minister said the mainstream media can make substantial contributions to this end.
He said the government is identifying those media that spread rumours and taking actions accordingly.
Hasan Mahmud said he sought assistance from the mainstream media in this regard. "We agreed that it's not right to create fears among people but to make them aware about coronavirus," he said.
Newspapers and television channels are also passing through a crisis during this pandemic as newspapers' circulation has fallen while television channels are facing problems, the minister added.
He said they are discussing what steps can be taken on behalf of the government to address the problems.
Bangladesh reported another COVID-19 case in the country on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 49. The country so far confirmed five deaths.
The global death toll climbed to 33,993 on Monday, according to Worldometer.