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No need to enact new law for mass media: NOAB

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 25 April, 2022 12:00 AM
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Newspapers Owners Associ-ation of Bangladesh (NOAB) on Sunday said there is no need to enact the Mass Media Employees (Services and Conditions) law.

Terming the proposed mass media law contradicting with existing law of the country, the NOAB in a statement expressed serious concern about the law. It said the law may curtail the freedom of expression of the newspapers.

 “The Digital Security Act has already created a sense of pressure on the journalists. If the Mass Media Employees (Services and Conditions) Bill 2022 is passed, the newspaper industry will be more sick as well as it will undermine

the dignity of journalist community,” reads the statement jointly signed by NOAB President AK Azad and Vice President Shahidullah Khan.

The Mass Media Employees (Services and Conditions) Bill 2022 was placed in parliament on March 28.

The Editors’ Council already expressed serious concern over the law, saying that it will allow bureaucracy to have more control over journalism.

The editors’ body said 37 out of the 54 sections in the proposed Act are not journalist friendly.