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BROADCAST POLICY

Civilians, ministers also have to speak cautiously: Inu

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Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu briefs journalists at his office in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: Banglar Chokh
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu briefs journalists at his office in Dhaka on Monday. Photo: Banglar Chokh

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today said apart from television channel authorities, every citizen and minister will have to remain alert to speak before the media as per the new broadcast policy.

"If any individual makes any offensive or instigating comments in the media, it can be interfered as per the policy. So, not only the authorities of television channels but also the citizens and ministers will have to be alert," he said referring to Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali’s recent remarks against journalists.

Inu was briefing the media at his secretariat office this afternoon on the Broadcast Policy- 2014 amid widespread criticisms by the civil society over formulating the policy.

Defending the policy, the minister said the policy is a guideline for the media which has been formulated to ensure the responsibility of the broadcast media as per international standard.

According to the policy, the information ministry has no power to interfere with any media rather it can recommend to the authorities concerned over any issue, he said. 

He said the policy will supports airing any footage that contains hurling bombs at moving buses but it would not allow the news when it would be instigating.

He also told the journalists that a committee would be formed immediately to formulate a draft act and a commission as per the direction of the policy.

Published: 5:02 pm Monday, August 11, 2014

Last modified: 9:12 pm Monday, August 11, 2014

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