Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu yesterday told parliament that the Digital Security Act-2018 has been enacted so that media runs news based on facts instead of indulging in yellow journalism.
“The Digital Security Act-2018 has been formulated revoking five sections, including section 57 of ICT Act, to make it mandatory for media to publish news based on facts instead of indulging in yellow journalism,” he said in reply to a question of Mamunur Rashid Kiron, MP from Noakhali-3.
The minister also said the government is giving print, electronic and online media all-out support to run objective news.
“The National Broadcast Policy-2014 and the National Online Mass Media Policy 2017 were made with the aim to help media run objective news,” he added.
In reply to another query, Inu said the government provided 1,396 journalists with financial assistance worth Tk 10.07 crore from the fund of Bangladesh Journalist Welfare Trust over the last eight years.
Replying to another question, the minister said a total of 489 national daily newspapers are now being published in the country.