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Legal notice to BTRC demanding media owner names

  • Published at 11:44 pm December 8th, 2019
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Citing the notice, private television Deepto TV authority was informed that one website with the url 'globalbanglatv.com,' an online platform, is streaming Deepto's real time broadcast, and also re-broadcasts Deepto's productions. Global Bangla had not taken any permission from Deepto

A legal notice has been served to the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (BTRC) and the Ministry of Information to include name, address and other necessary details of the media owners - to stop misconduct of some of the unscrupulous online platforms and websites. 

Supreme court lawyer Barrister ABM Hamidul Misbah had sent the notice on November 26 by post to five people - Secretary of the Post and Telecommunications Division in the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Secretary of Ministry of Information,  Chairman of the BTRC, Director General of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and Inspector General of Police (IGP). 

Citing the notice, private television Deepto TV authority was informed that one website with the url "globalbanglatv.com," an online platform, is streaming Deepto's real time broadcast, and also re-broadcast Deepto's productions. Global Bangla had not taken any permission from Deepto. 

Such activity is a total violation of the copyright act. Further, BTRC had not given any license to such an IpTV (internet protocol television). BTRC authority have already tried to trace the offices and owners' address of Global Bangla, to take legal action against the website based television, but failed to do so.  

Barrister ABM Hamidul Misbah said: "Many online portals or web based television are doing the same these days. But we can't take any action against such kind of organization as there are no addresses on the website. We asked the government to take immediate and appropriate action against such organizations. 

"On the other hand there is no regulation to operate such websites in our country, leaving people to do as they wish. Therefore we asked BTRC to serve a notice to all the media houses to include the owner’s name, address and details so that it can be ensured that every organization will be accountable," the lawyer added.