A section of journalists today set fire to copies of the draft of National Broadcast Policy-2014 in a show of protest terming it "black law" for the media.
Branding Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu as "an enemy of freedom of press", Shawkat Mahmud, president of a faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), demanded that the authorities stop him from visiting the Jatiya Press Club until the draft is trashed, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports.
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The cabinet yesterday approved the National Broadcast Policy-2014, keeping much scope for the government to misuse the policy in the name of maintaining standard of news, programmes and advertisements in the electronic media.
Once in force, all contents of radio and television will come under strict government monitoring. False, discriminatory and misleading information and statistics must be avoided in news and programmes, according to the draft policy.
Today, a section of BFUJ and Dhaka Journalists' Union (DJU) demonstrated in front of the JPC to protest the draft policy.
They agitating journalists vowed to wage movement against the draft policy even by sacrificing their blood, if needed, as it might curb freedom of the journalists, they said.
They also said the government intends to curtail the freedom of press through formulating the policy which will not be accepted.
Journalists' leaders Ruhul Amin Gazi, Abdul Hye Shikdar, MA Aziz and Syed Abdal Ahmed, among others, spoke at the occasion.
Apart from opinion sharing with media personalities, editors and concerned people, month-long protest programmes will be announced to press home their demand for scrapping the policy, they said.
A grand rally will follow later on, the protestors said.
Earlier, in the wake of approving the draft policy, private television owners' organisation Association of TV Channel Owners (ATCO) has called for a meeting in this regard tomorrow.
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