Media orientation program on humanitarian journalism held in Cox’s Bazar

A media orientation program on ‘humanitarian journalism’ was held at Cox’s Bazar on Monday (Jan 03) for local journalists working for national and regional media outlets.

Around 30 journalists representing TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and online news portals participated in the orientation organized by Xposar Communication for World Vision with the financial assistance from USAID, at Hotel Beach Way.

Anis Alamgir, a renowned journalist and columnist, were the key speaker at the program which was inaugurated by Abdul Moktader, Office in-Charge of Bangladesh Rohingya Crisis Response (BRCR) of World Vision.

Dr Makhan L. Dutta, Md Rajab Ali and Md Abdul Barek of World Vision were other speakers while Sumon Francis Gomes and Henry Roy of World Vision, among others, were present. Journalist Shiabur Rahman moderated the program.

Anis Alamgir, the only Bangladeshi journalist who covered wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in his speech advised the journalists to maintain ethics while reporting on any issue, particularly humanitarian crises.

He said all reporting on any humanitarian crises should aim to contribute to the mitigation of the crises.

Anis Alamgir also highlighted the safety of newsmen while reporting on wars or humanitarian crises. “Nothing is more important than life. So don’t endanger your life for any piece of news,” he said.

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Md Abdul Barek in his speech focused on different Rohingya crisis response programs of World Vision.