The information minister, Hasanul Haque Inu, on Wednesday said the government has taken initiative to set up a ‘media monitoring cell’ to scrutinise news published in the media, reports UNB.
“Initiative has been taken to establish a media monitoring cell to watch the news published in the media,” Inu said while replying to a scripted question from ruling Awami League MP Pinu Khan (Women Seat-23) during the question-answer session in parliament.
The minister said a section of media or blogs are trying to create theist-atheist division in the society writing against sentiments of the Hindu, Muslim and other religious beliefs.
The government has taken various steps including ensuring legal accountability to face such conspiracies, he added.
Inu claimed both newspapers and electronic media are now enjoying ‘full freedom’ during the regime of the current government.
Taking advantage of the freedom, a section of media or online newspapers, social networking sites and blogs are writing in favour of communalism.
The government is on tough stance against any conspiracy and provocation of creating unrest or hurting the religious sentiment of all citizens, he said.
An ‘Online Media Supporting Policy’ is now being prepared for necessary monitoring of online based media. Under the policy, the online based newspapers will be brought under registration process and a database of the online newspapers will be prepared, the information minister said.
The minister also mentioned the government has taken a good number of initiatives, including online film release at different cinema halls across the country, to check piracy in films.
He said this in replying to a tabled question of treasury bench member M Nazrul Islam Babu of Narayanganj-2.
Even the government has formed task forces at district level across the country including the capital to check display and making of vulgar films.
Besides this, the government has formulated policies for development and modernization of the cinema halls, said the information minister.
The government has a plan to earmark Taka 5.71 crore as grant for cinema hall owners for refurbishing the halls.