The negotiators said that the implementation of the Ninth Wage Board and the passage of the Media Workers Act would enhance the dignity of journalists. The negotiators also said that government advertisements were not stopped during the Corona period, yet the owners were depriving journalists of their salaries, salary cuts and Eid bonuses. The owner has to move away from such malpractices. Otherwise, talented people will not come to this profession, so the independent media will be threatened at some point.
This was stated by the speakers at the May Day Virtual Discussion. The Barisal Union of Journalists (JUB) organized a virtual discussion meeting on Saturday (May 1) at noon. At the beginning of the meeting, a minute’s silence was observed to pay homage to the memory of the dead journalists of the country who were infected with Corona. Acting Secretary General of BFUJ-Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists Abdul Majid addressed the discussion as the chief guest.
Presided over by JUB President Monirul Alam Swapan and conducted by Daily Star journalist Sushant Ghosh, Tawfiq Maruf, former General Secretary of Barisal Journalists Union and Deputy Chief Reporter of Kaler Kantho also spoke.
Professor Shah Sajeda, President of Aware Citizens Committee (SNAC), Nazrul Biswas, President of Barisal Report Unit, M Jasim Uddin, Staff Reporter of Prothom Alo, Sohrab Hossain, Patuakhali Representative of Daily Star, Rafiqul Islam, General Secretary of JUB Ferdous Khan Emon and others.
Abdul Majid, Acting Secretary General of BFUJ-Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists, as the keynote speaker, said, “The Ninth Wage Board is the fruit of our movement. The government announced the Wage Board. But the owner has stuck to it in the legal process. For this we have to go to the movement. But it will not be right in Corona. We have informed the Prime Minister through the Information Minister. Thinking of Corona, the Prime Minister has given a grant of Tk 10 crore to the journalists.
Meanwhile, Dirai police recovered the headless body of an unidentified man from Baram Haor in Mangalpur area of Taral union of Dirai upazila of Sunamganj.
The body was recovered from Mangalpur around 10pm on Saturday (May 1). Police are conducting an operation in Haor to recover the body.
Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Dirai police station, said the headless unidentified body was recovered from a ditch in Mangalpur area after receiving the news. Unable to identify. Police are conducting a search in Haor to find the head. A man named Dudu Mia, 45, son of the deceased Ain Ullah of a nearby Mangalpur village, has been missing since last Tuesday.