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TV, radio, and newspapers need govt approval for online edition

  • Published at 03:18 pm August 31st, 2020
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The cabinet also finally approved a draft of the 'Narcotics (Amendment) Act, 2020' keeping a provision of holding the trial of drug related cases in competent courts instead of tribunals

The government has decided that television and radio channels and newspapers will need to take permission from the Information Ministry to operate an online edition.

“However, if a newspaper publishes contents online exactly as its print version, then no special permission will be required,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said while briefing journalists at the Secretariat in Dhaka on Monday.

He made the remarks at the regular briefing after the virtual cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The premier attended the meeting from the Ganabhaban, while other ministers attended from the Secretariat.

According to BSS, keeping this provision, the cabinet endorsed the draft of the National Online Media Policy, 2017 (Amendment 2020). 

“The licenced television channels and radios would have to take prior permission or get registered to operate their online news portals as those are not entitled to run newsportals [as per the licence]” told Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam.

In responding to another question, he said that the Information Ministry would set an authority to give the permission for operating online news portals since the commission has not yet been formulated.

The cabinet also finally approved a draft of the “Narcotics (Amendment) Act, 2020” keeping a provision of holding the trial of drug related cases in competent courts instead of tribunals.

Besides, the Cabinet also gave nod in principle to the draft of the Medical College (Governing Bodies) (Repeal), Act 2020.

The Cabinet granted a proposal to repeal the Cabinet’s decision taken on January 2, 2012 regarding approval in the principle of the draft of “Sonadia Deep Seaport Authority Act, 2012.”

It also endorsed a proposal to celebrate August 5 every year as the birthday of Shaheed Captain Sheikh Kamal, the eldest son of Bangabandhu.

The meeting also decided to include the day in the Ka Serial (list) of the gazette.