• Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BROADCAST POLICY

Body in a month to prepare draft act: Inu

Says information ministry won’t take action before formation of commission

Star Online Report
Hasanul Haq Inu
Hasanul Haq Inu

A high-powered committee comprising members of Association of Television Channel Owners (Atco) and other stakeholders will be formed in a month to prepare a draft of broadcast act.

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said this while speaking to reporters at the ministry this afternoon.

Later, a search committee will be formed with the same people to find out eligible, non-partisan and transparent people who will be members of the National Broadcast Commission, he added.

Earlier in the day, Inu said the information ministry would not take any administrative steps against the electronic media until the formation of an independent broadcast commission and formulation of a law.

Calling upon BNP and other political parties not to take to the streets demanding nullification of the National Broadcast Policy, he urged them to place specific suggestions and recommendations before the law is formulated.

He however admitted having few ambiguities in the policy which took effect last week causing a huge outcry by the civil society members and media people.

"There have one or two ambiguous and unclear issues in the policy and that will be clarified in the law," Inu added while speaking at a roundtable titled "Broadcast Policy-2014: Challenges and Way Forward".

Bangladesh Copyright and IP Forum (Bcipf) organised the discussion at a city hotel in Gulshan. English daily Dhaka Tribune was a co-organiser of the programme.

The minister described the broadcast policy as an ethical guideline, adding it will "protect" the media.

Media analyst Md Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer of Baishakhi Television Manzurul Ahsan Bulbul, among others, spoke at the roundtable moderated by Robaet Ferdous who teaches journalism at Dhaka University.

Published: 5:32 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Last modified: 9:32 pm Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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