Dhaka, Bangladesh
Licence of two TV channels yet to be decided: Inu

Licence of two TV channels yet to be decided: Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Thursday said cancellation of the license of two private television channels is now under consideration, reports BSS. "The government is yet to take a final decision on cancellation of two private television channels -Diganta and Islami Television," he said while responding to a supplementary query raised by opposition bench lawmaker Fakhrul Imam at the Jatiya Sangsad. The broadcasting of two private tv channel is temporarily shut down, said the minister, adding that the government issued show cause notice to the authority of the two tv channels but the reply of the show cause notice was not satisfactory at all. On May 6,2013, the government halted the broadcast of private channels Diganta TV and Islamic TV on allegations of airing provocative programmes to whip up public sentiment. Another BSS report adds: Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu Thursday said people's hopes and aspirations should be reflected in both print and electronic media. "As mass media is called the mirror of society, both print and electronic media should practice objective journalism to let the people know real information," he told a seminar titled "News Sense and Perception of Readers" at the conference room of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB). The Management and Resource Development Initiative (MRDI) and the PIB jointly organized the seminar. Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Kazi Reazul Huq and former Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, among others, addressed the function with PIB Director General Md Shah Alamgir in the chair. News Director of Ekattar, a private television, Syed Istiaq Reza moderated the seminar. Inu said print and electronic media are doing their duties without interference as the present government believes in press freedom. He urged the mass media to do their duties with utmost responsibilities for disseminating accurate information to the people. Participants at the seminar expressed their skepticism about the results of the survey conducted by MRDI and UNICEF regarding news and perception of the people. They said the survey could not portray the real picture of the mass media. Both print and electronic media are performing their duties with sincerity, they observed.

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