Hasanul Haq Inu
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu again said the government has no intention to revive any law which empowers it to cancel declarations of newspapers for publishing anti-state news or news hurting religious sentiments.
He came up with the remark while talking to reporters at his Secretariat office today.
Though the issue is likely to be raised during the ongoing deputy commissioners’ conference tomorrow, the government will not consider the matter, Inu said.
"Many issues come in discussions but all of them are not taken under consideration," he said.
The minister’s remarks came a day after he assured members of the parliamentary committee on information ministry that the government had no plan to revive such law.
The information ministry recently formed a committee to review laws related to printing and publishing and recommend necessary changes to make them suited to the times.
The committee so far has held two meetings discussing ways of reinstating the controversial section of the 1973 act, the parliamentary committee sources said.
The act was used for shutting down many newspapers until the caretaker government, headed by Justice Shahabuddin Ahmed, scrapped the provision in 1991 following a movement by journalists.