Bringing discipline in mass media also a journalists’ demand: Hasan

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Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said it is the demand of journalists to bring discipline in the mass media by removing different irregularities.

“I’m trying to see the issues of journalists like one of them and trying to remove the irregularities through discussion with them (journalists). Discipline has restored in many cases and the process is going on,” he told the annual general meeting (AGM) of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at Jatiya Press Club (JPC) here.

State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) President Molla Jalal and JPC President Farida Yeasmin spoke the meeting as special guests with DUJ President Quddus Affrad in the chair.

DUJ General Secretary Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu presented the annual report in the meeting while BFUJ former president Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul conducted it.

Dr Hasan Mahmud said that the cable operators are maintaining the serial of the Bangladeshi TV channels as per their on air date. After putting Bangladeshi channels, the cable operators are keeping the foreign channels on the list, he added.

“We have already taken initiatives for the betterment of mass media. These initiatives put media in order mostly. Besides, we are going to implement the country’s existing law as the foreign TV channels could not air any ad without permission. I also informed this to the Indian information and broadcasting minister,” he said.

The minister said that his ministry is also trying to bring discipline in IP (Internet Protocol) TV sector and the works of giving registration will begin soon.

He said that about 400 newspapers are not published regularly. Many of those (newspapers) were not submitted to the Department of Films and Publications (DFP) during the last two years, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.