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Law Minister: Press freedom will not be curtailed despite new measures

  • ‘Law has to be made with due respect’
  • New law aims to address the issue of misinformation
Update : 25 Feb 2024, 04:03 PM

Law Minister Anisul Huq assured the parliament on Sunday that the government is dedicated to safeguarding press freedom and will not impose any restrictions on it. 

He highlighted upcoming legislation aimed at combating misinformation and fake news without infringing on media freedom.

Addressing the Parliament in the absence of the State Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mohammad Ali Arafat, Huq responded to concerns raised by Jatiya Party MP from Patuakhali, ABM Ruhul Amin Hawladar, regarding the spread of false news by online media outlets.

Hawladar questioned the necessity of a law to prohibit such practices, to which Law Minister Anisul Huq reaffirmed the constitutional guarantee of free speech and press freedom. 

“Law has to be made in that light and with due respect,” he said.

He referenced the existing Cyber Security Act, indicating that it, along with forthcoming laws proposed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, aims to address the issue of misinformation responsibly.

The government's approach is to prevent confusion and the spread of fake news through appropriate measures, not control, the Law Minister emphasized, ensuring that the press's freedom remains intact.

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