Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Friday hinted at taking action against unauthorised Internet Protocol televisions (IPTVs) as soon as possible.
“Action will be taken against unauthorised IPTVs soon,” he said.
The minister said some IPTVs are often involved in spreading rumours, disseminating falsehoods and acting like a clown.
“On the other hand, it is seen that some people have opened offices like television channels and appointed district correspondents before getting the approval. These issues need to be brought under regulation,” he said.
Noting that it is never legal or desirable that anyone would open IPTVs at will, Hasan said good-quality IPTVs will be approved.
“If any complaint is received against any IPTV, immediate action will be taken against the channel after a thorough investigation,” he said.
Mentioning that the ministry has invited application from the people intending to open IPTVs, the minister said some 500 applications have been submitted.
Talking about owner of Joyjatra IPTV Helena Jahangir, Hasan said that action is being taken against her and allegations about her IPTV will be investigated.
Mentioning that those who recommended her for AL post also should have known more about her, the minister said it was not right to give her post on the sub-committee and there was need to be more careful about keeping her on the committee.
Helena, a businessperson, has recently been relieved of the post of Awami League’s sub-committee on women affairs for breaching party discipline.
Helena, also the founder and CEO of the Jayayatra television, misused the IPTV for her personal interest.