Online news portal registration starts next week: Hasan

DHAKA Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today

said the government has decided to start registering the online news portal

from next week, adding steps would be taken against those which will not get

registration.

The Home Ministry has scrutinized the documents of several hundred online

news portals . . . The government will give registration to online news

portals from next week after examining the related papers, he told a press

briefing at his Secretariat office here.

The minister said a total of 3,595 news portals have applied for the

registration. The all applications were sent to the home ministry for

investigation. Later, we held a meeting with the home, telecom and ICT

ministries and urged the home ministry for expediting investigation, he

added.

Hasan said online media will be introduced through maintaining proper

process in future. None can launch any online news portal without

registration, he added.

He also said discipline has been established in the electronic media

sector following the government's different steps. The government will take

actions if there is any irregularity in the sector, he added.

The minister said some television channels are airing foreign TV serials

dubbed in Bangla which is not acceptable.

So, the ministry has issued an order for TV channels to take the

government's approval to broadcast the dubbed serials. Many TV channels have

already taken approval to run those serials. A preview committee has been

formed to oversee the matter, he added.

He said an additional secretary remained at the helm of the committee where

eminent cultural personalities Mamunur Rashid and Begum Sara Zaker, director

general or representative of Bangladesh Television, director general of

National Institute of Mass Communication, representatives of Association of

Television Channel Owners and Directors' Guilt and Obhinay Shilpi Sangha are

the members of the committee.

Hasan said airing Bangladeshi advertisements in foreign channels has been

stopped. Besides, the cable operators are maintaining the serial of the

Bangladeshi TV channels as per their on air date. After putting Bangladeshi

channels, the cable operators are keeping the foreign channels on the list,

he added.

We have already taken initiatives for the betterment of mass media . . .

these initiatives put media in order mostly, he said.

The minister went on saying that the government gave license to the mobile

companies to run mobile network only.

But they are now creating video contents along with advertisements for the

social media which is not acceptable. The government didn't give any license

to make video contents along with advertisement, he said.

We have already sent a letter to the telecommunication ministry to stop

this. We are determined to bringing discipline in this sector and legal

actions will be taken in this regard, he added.

Replying to a question, Hasan said many newspapers, online news portals and

television channels are showing video contents through their respective

online media which is also not acceptable. We are working to bring those

media in order, he added.

Answering another query about the releasing of Begum Khaleda Zia, the

minister reiterated that the release of BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia is

possible only through the judicial process.

The BNP chief is in prison being convicted in a graft case and only the

court can release her, he said, adding, BNP always gives threat that they

will wage a movement to release Begum Khaleda Zia . . . but her release is

the matter of the court and there is no other way.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)