Dhaka, Bangladesh
Law to protect rights of Dalits and indigenous demanded

Law to protect rights of Dalits and indigenous demanded

News Report Senior journalists both from print and electronic media and experts have stressed the need for introducing a new law to protect the rights of Dalit and plain land indigenous communities in Bangladesh. In this regard, they emphasized the need to increase the representation of Dalit and plain land indigenous communities in the media to help them to establish their rights, and socio-economic progresses. They put forward various suggestions to achieve the goal at a media dialogue on Journalism on Dalit and Adibashi to establish Rights: Media Dialogue, organised by SoMaSHTe (Society for Media and Suitable Human-communication Techniques), a media and communication focused non-profit organization working for driving social goods.   SoMaSHTe organised the programme with assistance from in association with Network of Non-mainstreamed Marginalized Communities (NNMC), ARCO and HEKS/EPER, Switzerland. Moderated by Syed Ishtaique Reza, director news, Ekattor TV, Mir Masrur Zaman, director, SoMaSHTe, delivered an introductory speech. Suchi Syed, Shanaz Munni, Zahidul Islam, Zahid Newaz Khan and Mir Shahidul Alam, director (program), SoMaSHTe, also addressed the progromme. During the dialogue, senior journalists called on print media authorities to run regular reports on Dalit and Adibashi in their respective newspaper as well as special feature stories. The also urged electronic media to broadcast awareness programme on the issue regularly. SoMaSHTe is a pioneer organisation which works alongside media and development partners to create wider spaces for the unheard voices so that more care is given to protect the world around the poor and marginalised.

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