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Bangladesh cabinet okays draft law defining who can be called journalists

  • Published at 07:59 pm February 5th, 2018
  • Last updated at 07:59 pm February 5th, 2018
Bangladesh cabinet okays draft law defining who can be called journalists
The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Bangladesh Press Institute (PIB) Act, 2018, which has defined the terminology “journalist.” The approval came in the weekly meeting of the cabinet held at Prime Minister's Office (PMO) with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair. Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Md Shafiul Alam said the proposed law has defined the term “journalist” under which all (who work on fulltime basis) editors, feature writers, assistant editors, correspondents, reporters, copy writers, cartoonists, photographers or persons nominated by the government through gazette notifications will be considered as journalists, he said. The cabinet secretary, however, did not mention anything on whether part-time or freelance journalists would be considered journalists or not. The proposed also brought the activities of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) under the ambit of law. PIB used to be run by a Resolution of 1976. Under the proposed law, the PIB will provide training to working journalists and public relations officers of different government agencies, he said. Shaiful Alam said a 16-member Board of Directors will be formed for running the activities of the institute and it will honour the journalists for their contributions, he said.