Some 58 percent of news consumers have their doubts on reliability of news dished out to them every day while 24 percent put their trust on the news carried by media in Bangladesh partially and another 14 percent completely.
A small sample survey carried by Management and Resource Development Initiative (MRDI) with the financial help of the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) brought forth the public perception on news reliability.
While public confidence on media seems not that encouraging, it’s heartening that none expressed complete distrust on media reports.
An overwhelming 96 percent have discomfort with the news sourcing and only a small percentage of four consider media using proper sources.
MRDI conducted the research with the participation of more than 300 people in six divisions in the country obtaining different methodology like questionnaire survey, focus group discussion, key informant interview and consultation meeting.
MRDI Executive Director, Hasibur Rahman, presented the information at a seminar on ‘News Sense and Ethics of News’ organized by MRDI with the collaboration of National Human Rights Commission, UNICEF and Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) at PIB building in Dhaka.
The research also found the reasons behind the majorities’ distrust are- lacking in proper reporting and news production planning, proper training and guidance as well as absence of appropriate guidelines.
On the perspective of child related contents, 65 percent participants considered that news contents were not sensible to child issues.
Speaking at the seminar as chief guest, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, stressed on the importance of media’s ethical practices.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Dhaka University, Prof. Dr. AAMS Arefin Siddique, presented keynote speech, while Chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Kazi Reazul Hoque, addressed the seminar as special guest with PIB Director General, Md. Shah Alamgir, in the chair.
Several media personalities and civil society members attended in the seminar.