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Minister: Mass Media Employees Bill to be placed before cabinet

  • Published at 11:41 pm February 27th, 2020
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About the inclusion of electronic media in the wage board, the minister said it was introduced only for print media as per a law passed in parliament

Information Minister Hasan Mahmud has said the Mass Media Employees (Services Conditions) Bill will soon be placed before the cabinet to bring all media people, including electronic media, under a legal protection.

He informed this while addressing the annual general meeting of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the National Press Club in the capital on Thursday, reports UNB.

About the inclusion of electronic media in the wage board, the minister said it was introduced only for print media as per a law passed in parliament.

"All media employees, including those in the electronic media, will be brought under legal protection through the Mass Media Employees Bill," he said.

Media employees are not workers in any way and it has been resolved in the new law, the minister said.

Talking about the job security of media people, he said if anyone is to be sacked, that should be done following the law. 

"The state does not allow the owners to dismiss any employee, who worked for years, overnight. I would request the owners not to sack any employees this way, because a journalist in distress is not expected."

President of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) Molla Jalal and its Secretary General Shaban Mahmud also spoke at the program with DUJ President Abu Jafar Surjo in the chair.

On October 15, 2018, the cabinet cleared the draft "Mass Media Employees Act (Conditions of Service)" at a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the secretariat.