Criticism mounts for Bangladeshi broadcasting policy
The proposed broadcasting law in Bangladesh will act as a bar to the right to information, according to the chief of the country's corruption watchdog.
"The media have played an active role in implementation of the Right to Information Act. But this broadcasting policy will be a big bar to and conflict with the right to information and its law," said Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of Transparency International (TIB), according to bdnews24.
During an event organised by the Information Rights Forum on 29 September, he urged the government to listen to the growing criticism of the National Broadcasting Policy, reportedly saying: "We hope the government will scrap the draft policy and take steps to see that a pro-democracy law is being made."
Responding to the criticism, Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad pointed out the policy is still only in draft form.
"It's only a draft policy. It has not been finalised yet. It will be finalised after taking opinions from the experts," Abul Kalam Azad said, at the inauguration of a free internet corner provided by private mobile telecommunications operator Robi at the National Public Library in Dhaka.
There has been a proposal by the standing committee of the Information Ministry to publish the draft on the state website in order to garner public and stakeholder opinion.
The Right to Information Act 2009 was passed by the Bangladeshi Parliament on 29 March 2011.