October 17, 2021, 10:15 pm
Information Minister about digital security law. Hasan Mahmud said that the digital security law should not create any obstacle for the journalists to perform their duties. This law is also available abroad. However, no one has the right to deprive journalists of their character. But many are trying that.
Today, Thursday (September 16) at the National Press Club, the annual general meeting of the Dhaka Union of Journalists, the chief guest said. Hasan Mahmud said this.
“I have to represent the government, I have to represent the journalists,” he said. I want everyone to work to protect their interests.
Regarding the Digital Security Act, the Minister said that the Digital Security Act should not create any obstacle for the journalists to perform their duties. This law is also available abroad. However, no one has the right to deprive journalists of their character. But many are trying that.
He said the country needs an investigative report. But in many cases, personal matters are revealed on television. In this case, the personal rights of the people are diminished. We need to keep these things in mind.
“During the coronation, I tried to co-operate with the journalists,” he said. We have provided one-time assistance to the journalists by allocating the unused money of our ministry to the Journalist Welfare Trust. The Prime Minister once said at the press club, “I don’t know how long I’ve been here, but I want to make a permanent arrangement for journalists.” In this context, Journalist Welfare Trust has been formed. Through the trust, we are trying to cooperate with the families of the journalists.
Regarding the closure of unpublished newspapers, the minister said, “I have tried to bring the chaos in the media under control after I got the responsibility of the ministry.” There is no publicity but print magazines are open for advertisements. I have taken steps to close such magazines. Cable operators no longer have to swear at television owners. Foreign advertisements were broadcast on Bangladeshi channels. I have controlled it, I have brought it under the tax of the government.
State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury addressed the meeting as a special guest. Press Club President Farida Yasmin. Saiful Alam, former president of Press Club and editor of Jugantar. BFUJ President Mollah Jalal Uddin.