Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 10:57:05 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Media should run freely and fearlessly

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday ordered the withdrawal of rules punishing journalists held to be responsible for distributing ‘fake news’, giving no reason for the change, less than 24 hours after the original announcement. The move followed an outcry by journalists and opposition politicians that the rules represented an attack on the freedom of the press and an effort by Modi's government to rein in free speech ahead of a general election due next year. On Monday, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry of India had said the government would cancel accreditation of journalists who peddled "fake news".
The point, however, when it comes to deterring publication and spreading of fake news; it’s the Press Council which is the right platform to deal with complaints regarding any fake news. And the Indian PM’s intervention in this regard would only empower the government trying to control the media. Most importantly, no government in any country has been given the mandate to control press freedom. Understandably, Modi’s move followed Malaysia's approval this week of a law prescribing jail terms up to six years for spreading fake news. This move in India may well be negatively influenced by Mr. Trump’s eschewing and verbal abuse of the press in America too. Other countries in Southeast Asia, including Singapore and the Philippines, are considering how to tackle ‘fake news’ as well, but human rights activists all across the globe fear tougher laws against it could be used to repress free speech.
In Bangladesh, the journalist community has already registered their protest against the new Digital Security Act. No doubt, the freedom of the press has been put to the sword by introducing the Act. We know, there is a good correlation between press freedom and the different dimensions of human development, economic growth, education, food, and health. But freedom of expression is one of the most precious rights. Though our Constitution has ensured freedom of expression for every citizen, the government has created a frightened atmosphere in the country by introducing the law.
Keeping the journalists in fear is a tool of repression. We are against any kind of repression as it is against freedom of expression. A country cannot be free without freedom of the press.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Dhaka wants Moscow`s support in resolving Rohingya crisis

DHAKA has sought Moscow's support in resolving the Rohingya crisis. Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali made the call at a meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow last Monday.  Better late than never, it was an important plea which should have been taken sooner when the ...

Cricket »

New Zealand draw 2nd Test against England, clinch series

AP, Christchurch :England's long and cheerless summer in the southern hemisphere ended in a final, bitter disappointment Tuesday when victory in the second test against New Zealand slipped through its fingers and it had to accept a 1-0 series loss.Set 382 to win or more than a full day to ...

Entertainment »

Parineeti expects to get high on `High Jack`

India’s first stoner comedy ‘High Jack’s first song which released yesterday is already on loop in Parineeti’s playlist. Behka composed by Nucleya has gone viral since the time it is released and seems like High Jack fever has gripped Parineeti too. Parineeti Chopra took to her social media and posted ...

City »

`Desh Banchao Manush Banchao Andolon` formed a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Tuesday demanding release of BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia and other leaders and activists of the party.

International »

Palestinians, Israelis `have right to their own land,` says Saudi Prince

Reuters, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia's crown prince said Israelis are entitled to live peacefully on their own land in an interview published on Monday in U.S. magazine The Atlantic, another public sign of ties between Riyadh and Tel Aviv appearing to grow closer.Asked if he believes the Jewish people have a ...

International »

Vietnam, China urge restraint in disputes in South China Sea

AP, Hanoi :Vietnam and China on Sunday called for restraint in resolving disputes in the South China Sea.Speaking to reporters at a joint press briefing with his Chinese counterpart, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh said the two countries should manage the disputes and not expand them."We propose that the ...

Cricket »

Australia`s bowler Nathan Lyon (right) watches as South Africa`s batsman Hashim Amla (centre) and teammate Dean Elgar, run between the wickets on day three of the fourth cricket Test match between South Africa and Australia at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on Sunday.

Editorial »

Delay in submitting charge-sheet is not acceptable

The police could not submit the charge-sheet in the Holey Artisan Bakery carnage even almost two years after the extremist attack that took place on July 1, 2016 in the capital's Gulshan area. Several deadlines, including the last one for March, for submission of the charge-sheet have expired, but it ...

Entertainment »

Chitrangada’s efforts reunite mother and daughter

Chitrangada Singh has made her debut on a TV reality show. The actress has turned onto becoming a judge on a kids dance reality show. She is making the most of it and is enjoying this whole new process. Actress Chitrangada is encouraging the participants thoroughly on the show. In ...

City »

Death anniv of Justice SM Murshed today

The 39th death anniversary of former Chief Justice Syed Mahbub (SM) Murshed, an eminent jurist and one of the greatest constitutional lawyers of the sub-continent, will be observed in the city today.Marking the occasion, a Qurankhwani and fateha will be offered in the morning at his grave in the capital's ...

Editorial »

Coaching centres are open defying govt order

MANY coaching centres in the capital have continued their activities ignoring a government order to keep them closed from March 29 till the end of the Higher Secondary Certificate and equivalent examinations, to prevent question paper leaks during the Tests. The HSC examinations will start from today. The government order ...

Football »

Chicago Fire defender Brandon Vincent (right) celebrates with forward Alan Gordon (second right) after scoring against the Portland Timbers during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Bridgeview on Saturday.

City »

Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Sayeed Khokon along with leaders of Bangladesh Awami League organised a Doa Mahfil and placed wreaths at the grave of Dhaka's first mayor Mohammad Hanif on his 74th birthday at Azimpur Graveyard yesterday .

International »

Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir as troops kill 8 rebels

AP, Srinagar :Deadly protests against Indian rule erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir on Sunday following the killings of at least eight rebels in fighting with government forces, officials said.The new round of anti-India protests and clashes, leading to the killing of at least one civilian, has come as ...

Entertainment »

Jacqueline Fernandez wishes Baaghi 2 team all the best

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez took to social media to give a shoutout to Baaghi 2 team. Sajid Nadiadwala’s Baaghi 2 starring Tiger Shroff and Disha Patani in lead releases worldwide today. Jacqueline Fernandez marked the film’s release by giving a shoutout to the Baaghi 2 team on social media. Jacqueline Fernandez ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news