CHITTAGONG: Prime Minister's Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury yesterday said the government is expected to declare a general policy for the print, electronic and online media soon.
"The proposed policy will be aimed at development of media industry," he told a function organized for distribution of cheques among the ill, distressed and unemployed journalists from Bangladesh Journalists Welfare Trust at Chittagong Press Club (CPC).
A total of 27 ill, distressed and jobless journalists received cheques from the premier's adviser. Iqbal said the policy would be prepared after discussions with all stakeholders.
The adviser said the 9th wage board for the media industry would also be announced very soon removing anomalies in the 8th wage board to enhance the salaries and other benefits of journalists and employees of the media industry.
He said the government also took initiatives to amend the Newspaper Employee's Service Condition Act-1974 to be passed in the Jatiya Sangsad (Parliament).
Chittagong Union of Journalists (CUJ) organised the function, where Iqbal Sobhan urged the journalists to work with responsibility in order to strengthen democracy to resist militancy and conspiracy with a view to upholding the county's image.
CUJ President Reaz Haidar Chowdhury presided over the function while vice president of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) journalist Shahidul Alam, former president of CPC and director of Rupali Bank Abu Sufian, CPC president Kalim Sarwar, CPC general secretary Mohsin Chowdhury, CUJ general secretary Mohammad Ali, former CUJ presidents M Nasirul Hoque and Mostaq Ahmed, BFUJ leader Tapan Chakkrabarti and senior journalist Anjan Sen, among others, spoke on the occasion.