An orientation on exchange of opinions regarding the exercise of modern information and technology-dependent contemporary exercise of media was held in the city on Sunday.
ARTICLE 19, a British human rights organisation, organised the programme titled “Orientation for tutorial content development on media ethics and media law in Bangladesh” in order to create awareness among the new generation journalists and social media communicators about media laws, ethics and relevant information technology.
Professor Dr. Asif Nazrul, Department of Law, University of Dhaka said, it has become much needed for the media workers to be aware about media related national laws and international standards, applications of media ethics in journalism, different risks of using new media or social media etc.
German media organization Deutsche Welle (DW) Akademie and ARTICLE 19 are set to offer an online course “Training on communication technique”. The 30 hours course, within a time limit of 10 weeks, will offer to learn about the usage of media related national laws and international standards, applications of media ethics in journalism, and real time knowledge on digital rights and safety.
Rubayet Mollika Rahman, Senior Consultant of ARTICLE 19 said the media workers and online communicators will learn to be more aware and responsible regarding hate speech, fake news, privacy, data protection etc. from this online course. The participants of this course will learn to be more skilled and enriched with good governance, professional environment, the rules and regulations of journalism, truthfulness, accuracy, principles of objectivity, impersonality, justice, rules of accountability, technological and digital security, and express digital knowledge in writings.
This course will be conducted under a project titled “Development of an online platform on media law, media ethics and digital rights/safety”. To achieve this target of preparing the online course; series of workshops, sessions on exchange of opinion and different orientation programs have been taken since December, 2018. Students of journalism and communications, professional journalists of print, electronic and online media, online and social media activists along with any interested person relevant to media can participate to avail this training which will be conducted in Bangla.
Rubayet Mollika Rahman moderated this program. Shahnewaj, Program Officer of ARTICLE 19, Md Toufiq Ahmed, Director of Centre for Law and Policy Affairs, Washik Md Istiaq, Faculty of Law, State University were present among others. Many more academics, journalists of print and electronic media, lawyers and online activists were present at the session.