Registration of news portals starts next week: Hasan

Staff Correspondent

3 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said that registration for news portals would start next week.

“The home ministry has scrutinised the documents of several hundred news portals. After examining all the papers, the government will give registration,” Hasan told reporters at his secretariat office.

The minister said a total of 3,595 news portals already applied for registration.

None can launch any news portal without registration, he added.

He also claimed that discipline has been restored in the electronic media sector following the government’s different steps.

“The government will take action if there is any irregularity in the sector,” he said.

Hasan said some television channels are airing foreign TV serials dubbed in Bangla which is not acceptable.

“So, the ministry has issued an order for the 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.

Hasan said airing Bangladeshi advertisements in foreign channels has been stopped.

Replying to a question about Khaleda Zia’s release, the minister reiterated that the release of BNP chief Khaleda Zia is possible only through the legal process.

“The BNP chief is in prison after being convicted in graft cases and only the court can free her,” he said.