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SDG 16:10 PIB- A2I Media Award-2017: Community Radio Padma and Community Radio Chilmari win jointly in Radio Category

Two Community Radio Stations Community Radio Padma 99.2 and Community Radio Chilmari 99.2 of the country won Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) – Access to Information-(A2I) Media Award 2017 in Radio Category for their contribution in innovation in line with Digital Bangladesh issues and Sustainable Development Goal 16:10.

The names of winners PIB-A2I Media Award 2017 were declared on 27 July 2017. A total of seven journalists will receive the award in six categories for news, features and photo on Digital Bangladesh.

The winners are: M. Shahjahan, Reporter of Daily Janakantha in National Newspaper Category; Md. Mafijul Islam, Reporter of Ekattor TV in Television Category; SM Arifuzzaman , Reporter of   Daily Gramer Kagoj in Jessore in Regional Newspaper Category; Sadi Mahmud,

Reporter of Community Radio Padma and Polash Mahmud, Reporter of Community Radio Chilmari in Radio Category;

Maidur Rahman Rubel, Reporter of RTV Online in Online News Paper and Syed Asharaful Alam, Photo Journalist of Daily Prothom Alo in Photo Journalist Category.

The prizes will be distributed among the winners in a ceremony at PIB. The winners will receive crest, certificate and the cheques of taka 75,000 (1000 US $)

The member of jury board of Media Award 2017 included Mr. Golam Sarwar, Editor of Daily Samakal, Mr. Md. Shah Alamgir, Director General of Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB), Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Syed Ishtiaque Reza, Director of News, Ekattor Television. Mr. Md. Mofizur Rahman, Chairperson of Mass Communication and Journalism Department, University of Dhaka, Mr. Naimuzzaman Mukta, Public Perspective Specialist of A2I of Prime Minister’s Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Mr. Nasrullah Md. Irfan, Director (Program) of Bangladesh Betar (Radio), Ministry of Information of Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB), Ministry of Information, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and Access to Information-(A2I) at the Prime Ministers’ Office, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh jointly introduced the Media Award.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000.

​Now 17 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 135 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 6.5 million rural people in 16 districts.

The Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) is an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Information. Major activities of PIB are to organise training for journalists on different issues, undertake research project on various aspects of media and mass communication and their impact on society, and publish books, journals, booklets etc.

The Government of Bangladesh led by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1974 first conceptualized the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB).

As per report of the Daily Sangbad, the government had taken a plan to establish a National Press Institute with a view to enhance the quality of journalism in the country. With this perspective, PIB was established on the 18th August 1976.

A2I is the world’s first Innovation Lab+ and the key driver from the Prime Minister’s Office of the government’s public service innovation agenda. A2I work with a whole-of-government approach applying behaviour change methodologies and leveraging the rapid expansion of technologies to foster truly unprecedented transformations that are taking public services to citizens’ doorsteps and increasingly within the palms of their hands – the promise of a Digital Bangladesh.

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