Private television channels have been asked to follow the order from September 1 this year
The High Court on Monday ordered that broadcasting of television news and headlines sponsored by commercial organizations on private television channels be stopped from September 1.
The High Court (HC) bench of Justices Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Sashanka Shekhar Sarkar issued the order after a final hearing on a writ filed by MA Matin, a retired school teacher in this regard.
Private television channels have been asked to follow the order from September 1 this year.
There will be no transparency if the broadcasted TV news and headlines are sponsored by commercial organizations the HC bench said. For example TV news and headlines reading as: ‘Islami Bank commercial news', `Apollo hospital health news' etc cannot be broadcast as it denies the people’s right to information.
A writ that was filed with the HC in 2011, alleged that the neutrality of news against a company, will be questioned, if that company provides advertisements.
Barrister Masud Ahmed Sayeed accompanied by Advocates Abul Kashem and Sheikh Tahsan Ali stood for the writ. Deputy Attorney General Tapas Kumar Biswas stood for State and Advocate Asadul Islam represented channel 24.
Among the 24 persons and organizations made respondents were Secretary of Home Affairs, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Bangladesh television and owners of private television channels.