US Ambassador in Dhaka Bernicat ‘relies on’ for news

US Ambassador in Dhaka, Marcia Bernicat, says she banks on to get news in and on Bangladesh, her current workplace. 

Published : 23 Oct 2016, 04:16 PM
Updated : 23 Oct 2016, 08:24 PM

She joined the ‘Terrific Ten Years’ celebrations of the country’s first internet newspaper at Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden hotel Sunday evening.   

“It’s great to be here on the 10th anniversary of I have it on all my devices, so I can always access news particularly when I’m travelling,” a smiling Bernicat, attired in a blue saree, said.  

Speaking about media’s role, she said, “You all keep us honest. I’m a government official trying to do my job the best I can, but when I don’t the media is there to keep us in check.”

“It’s not to tear us down but for good which is why freedom of press is so important for a healthy democracy,” she added.

Among other guests, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak were present. 

The foreign diplomats among the attendees included DPRK Ambassador Ri Song Hyon and Deputy Head of Mission Hamid Machhour, Morocco.

Policy-makers of the government and political parties, top judges and lawyers; businesspersons, industrialists and entrepreneurs; poets, writers and journalists, cultural activists, sport personalities and organisers; civil and military officers and a diverse range of representatives involved in setting and altering the discourse have also joined the celebrations.

Toufique Imrose Khalidi
Editor-in-Chief and Publisher