Social Welfare Minister Syed Mohsin Ali On Tuesday said the government would soon enact a tough law to limit the freedom of the press, applicable to both print and electronic mediums, to stop the media from running unnecessary news reports.
Criticising the role of the media in Bangladesh, the minister added that some media houses were trying to create a tense situation in the country by printing or broadcasting unnecessary news reports.
Mohsin made the remarks while speaking at an inter-ministerial meeting at his Secretariat office regarding the rehabilitation of the beggars across the country.
Referring to the seven-murder case in Narayanganj, he said: “The media, particularly the private television channels, have been exaggerating the negative aspects.”
“Electronic media houses have been broadcasting the Narayanganj seven murders report to create unrest across the country. You saw that hundreds of people died at the Twin Tower incident in the US, but they aired it only for a few seconds,” he added.
The minister also said: “Press freedom does not mean ‘do whatever you like.’ You must have a limit to how far you should go and how much rights you have. This should be stopped. The government will enact tougher laws to limit the freedom of the press.”
On a different note, he urged the government to cut the hands and legs and behead those Islamic scholars who attacked sex workers and evicted them from their brothel in Tangail.
“The hands and legs of these Moulanas (Islamic scholars) should be cut off. They should be beheaded for attacking the brothel as per the provisions of an Islamic country,” he told the meeting.
“The Moulanas have evicting the sex workers from the brothel. But, they never thought about where these sex workers will live and what they will do now. International human rights groups are now pressurising the government. It is now damaging the image of the government,” he added.