The draft of the National Broadcast Act will be placed before the cabinet for approval shortly, said Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu today.
Besides, preparation of the draft of the proposed National Online Mass Media Policy is at the final stage, he said.
“The committee led by Prof Golam Rahman that worked on the national broadcast act has submitted the draft to the ministry for review. Within few days we will place it before the cabinet,” Inu said.
The information minister was talking to journalists at a press briefing at his ministry office in Dhaka. The briefing was held centering giving financial assistance to the poor and helpless journalists from the Journalists’ Welfare Trust.
About registration of online media, Inu said that more than 1,700 applications have been received for review and examination.
“Discussion on the registration process is going on. It’s in the final stage,” he said, adding that approval for registration of online media will be done based on the online media policy.
He said that there are more than 2,800 newspapers in Bangladesh at present, of which registration of 647 newspapers have been given in the last seven years.
The information minister said right flow of information is very needed now to resist the rise of militancy and propagandas. “We believe right flow of information can stop resisting terrorism and militancy and fundamentalism. We are giving priority on it,” he added.
He said the government has not only been able to increase cooperation with media in the country, it also becomes successful in foreign countries.