Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the government would not compromise a bit in filtering advertisements from foreign television channels through its clean feed policy.
“We will not step back from our efforts to ensure clean feed from foreign television channels as per the initiative taken by the government,” he said while addressing a view-exchange meeting with Sampadok Forum at Bangladesh Secretariat in the capital on Wednesday.
According to the directive of the ministry, no foreign channels with advertisements can be aired in the country.
Mentioning that the implementation of the clean feed policy was not easy, Hasan said it was not possible to implement the law for airing clean feed in the last 15 years.
“We have taken a move but it was not possible to implement it for various reasons. This time, we have started implementing clean feed through the neccesary groundwork. That’s why we will not compromise an inch,” he said.
Citing various initiatives to bring discipline in the media, Hasan said extensive initiatives have been taken up to bring discipline in the broadcasting, print and online news media.
Replying to an allegation that the number of advertisements for newspapers has drastically dropped due to e-tendering, Hasan said he was not aware of the issue.
Talking over the due payment of advertisements by different ministries, the minister said “In most cases, advertisement cost is included in the project budget.”
He also expressed frustration over the dilly-dallying in clearing the advertisement bills to the newspapers.
Sampadak Forum’s convener and Swadesh Pratidin editor Rafiqul Islam Ratan, Bangladesh Khabar editor Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, editor of the Amader Orthoneeti Nayeemul Islam Khan, member secretary and Dainik Ajkaler Khobor editor Faruque Ahmed Talukder and Sangbad Protidin editor Rimon Mahfuz, among others, were present at the view exchange meeting.