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Wednesday, February 4, 2015, Magh 22, 1421, Robi-Us-Sani 13, 1436 Hijr

No censorship on media: Inu tells in JS
Published : Wednesday, 4 February, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 57

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on tuesday told the Jatiya Sangsad that the present government did not impose any censorship on any media.
"We believe in free flow of information and welfare of media, so all media should present the news showing due respect to the Constitution and the existing laws of the country," he said in his scripted answer replying to a query of Md Habibur Rahman of Bogra-5 during the question and answer session in the House this evening.
He said it is the expectation of government as well as mass people that media would broadcast or present objective news on security of children and women, security of state and other related institutions, highlighting country's history and heritages, sports, amusement, economics and technology.
The media has responsibility to build up awareness among mass people through pointing out faults and misdeeds of the government but it (media) cannot broadcast or publish any distorted information that confuse people, create unrest and instigate communal disorder, Inu mentioned.
The minister said in a bid to prevent spreading falsehood through media, some related laws including Printing and Publication (Declaration and Registration) Law -1973, Bangladesh Press Council Act-1974, Accreditation Affairs Policy-2003 and National Broadcast Policy-2014 still exist.
Replying to a question of opposition bench member Salma Islam of Dhaka-1, he said the government is well-aware about the adverse impact of foreign alien culture in Bangladesh and earlier formulated a policy on cable television network licensing to bring discipline in broadcasting foreign satellite television.
The minister, responding to a question of Safura Begum from women reserved seat -2, said the government declared the films as "Industry" and also established 'Bangladesh Film and Television Institute' for the new generation to make them knowledgeable.
On a question of Md Abdul Wadud from Rajshahi-5, the information minister said the government achieved a tremendous development in the media sector.
As part of these, it has enacted Right to Information Act, 2009, approved 31 satellite television channels in private sectors and taken necessary steps to execute the project for building a "Tathya Bhahan" at the cost of Tk 60.73 crore all districts throughout the country, he added.    ?BSS

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