Dhaka, Sept 26 (UNB) – Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on Wednesday said journalists are continuously playing the role of vigilant sentinels of society.
“Journalism is a noble profession and an importance work. Journalists are playing a continuous role like vigilant sentinels out of their social commitment to people’s right to information,” he said.
The Chief Justice was addressing a workshop on ‘Legal aid and law journalism’ jointly organised by the Supreme Court chapter of National Legal Aid Services Organisation and Manusher Jonno Foundation at the Supreme Court conference room.
He also said journalists play the important role of making all concerned conscious through publishing reports on the hopes and aspirations of common people and justice seekers.
Mahmud Hossain said they can file reports on those remain imprisoned in jail for long without trial and those cannot appoint lawyers for lack of money. “They also can write reports on the benefits of legal aid,” he said, expressing the hope that the government’s legal aid services will be more dynamic with the sincere efforts of the media.
He said people’s right to get justice can be ensured if all perform their duties properly from their respective positions.
Going down the memory lane, the Chief Justice said he was a journalist working as a correspondent of the Dainik Sangbad when he was practising law as a lawyer.
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Bangladesh Bar Council Vice-chairman Yousuf Hossain Humayun, Supreme Court Bar Association President Zainul Abedin, SC Registrar General Zakir Hossai and Manusher Jonno Foundation Executive Director Shaheen Anam, among others, addressed the workshop with Chairman of SC committee of National Legal Aid Services Organisation Justice Enayetur Rahim in the chair.