Govt wants to facilitate online media, claims Inu

Hasanul Haque Inu

Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu said on Saturday the government plans to enact a policy which would help flourish a healthy online media.

“If the Online Media Control Policy is enacted, it will be for facilitating the online media, not to stop it,” he said while addressing as the chief guest a seminar on “Online Media Control (Draft) Policy 2012: Review and Evaluation” at Dhaka University.

He also said no policy would be formulated without consultation as long as the Awami League-led grand alliance government was in power.

Mass Communication and Journalism (MCJ) Department of the university staged the seminar at the RC Majumdar Arts auditorium while it was joined by Vice-Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique and MCJ department chairperson Akhter Sultana in the chair.

Lecturers of the department Saiful Alam Chowdhury and Saiful Haque presented the keynote at the seminar.

Inu called the media as a mirror of democracy as it highlights the flaws in the executive, legislature and judiciary and in Bangladesh the media role was crucial as the “democracy here is yet to get a firm footing”.

Siddique, also a communication expert, said the country should have a coordinated media policy but no such policy should aim at controlling the media, which too should not mislead the people.

“There are different types of media but all media should maintain objectivity while disseminating information,” he said.