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Hasan: Govt forms 19-member committee to prevent rumours

He also said a powerful board working to stop obscenity in films

Update : 18 Feb 2020, 10:14 PM

Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the government has formed a high level 19-member committee to prevent rumours and propagandas against the government’s development activities.

“There is a high level 19-member committee under the Information Ministry on rumour prevention. The committee takes actions as per the existing rules and regulations of the respective offices under the jurisdiction of the committee after exchanging information regarding the rumours,” he told the parliament on Tuesday, reports BSS.

The minister made the statement while replying to a written question made by treasury bench lawmaker Shamima Akter Khanam.

Besides, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) takes immediate actions to stop and remove the links from the social media on an emergency basis after detecting the rumours on the social sites, Dr Hasan added.

He went on saying that there is also an 11-member cell on preventing rumour and informing about this under the Press Information Department (PID), which is working to inform the media about government’s statement immediately after detecting rumours on social networking sites.

Apart from this, different public awareness programmes are being telecasted through the Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar about the harmful aspects of the rumours and propaganda against the government’s development activities, the minister added.

Responding to another question made by treasury bench lawmaker M Abdul Latif, Dr Hasan said a powerful board is working to stop obscenity in films.

Besides, a task force in association with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in plain cloth is working across the country to remove obscenity in the films and prevent video piracy, he said, adding “Due to the government’s utmost efforts, a healthy trend is continuing in the film industry.”

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