Nat’l dailies’ online versions to get priority for registration: Hasan



Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud has said the online versions of the daily newspapers would get priority to online news portal registration.
The minister told journalists on Tuesday before holding a meeting with the leaders of Sampadak (editors) Parishad at the conference room of his ministry at secretariat.
Terming the meeting as a regular one with the editors, Hasan said, “We always discuss different issues of newspapers and overall issues of media as well. Today, we also discuss about these issues.”
The daily Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, the daily Bangladesh Pratidin editor Noeem Nizam, the daily Kaler Kantha editor Emdadul Haque Milan, the daily Bhorer Kagoj editor Shyamol Datta, the daily Sun editor Enamul Haque Chaudhury, the daily Banik Barta editor Dewan Hanif Mahmud, the daily Samakal acting editor Mustafiz Shafi and the daily Sangbad acting editor Khandakar Muniruzzaman joined the meeting.
Information Secretary Kamrun Nahar was present in the meeting.
The information minister extended his sincere thanks to the concerned of media for continuing their activities in the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
The government has been providing support to journalists during the coronavirus pandemic as per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
The ministry, he said, is working towards getting registration of the online versions of the daily newspaper as soon as possible. “The investigations were done during the declaration of the newspapers. We will take steps for registration of the online versions of the dailies on priority basis,” he added.
The minister also told the meeting that discussions were also held about due bills of the newspapers in different ministries. There are about Taka hundred crore of bills of newspapers have been stuck at different ministries and departments, he said.
“I think that the bills would be cleared soon. There are many crises in newspapers in the COVID-19 situation. So that, it will be more useful now, if they pay the due bills,” he said.
He said the Cabinet division earlier has issued a letter to all ministries and departments to release the bills of newspapers and the information ministry has also issued a letter. Now, another letter will be issued to this end, Hasan added.
Noeem Nizam said there is no alternative to the state’s cooperation in progressing the media, especially in the prevailing coronavirus situation.

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