Govt forms 19-member committee to prevent rumors, Hasan tells JS

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SANGSAD BHABAN, Feb 18, 2020 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today told the Jatiya Sangsad (JS) that the government has formed a high level 19-member committee to prevent any rumor and propaganda against the government’s development activities.

“There is a high level 19-member committee under the information ministry on rumor prevention and informing about the rumor. The committee takes actions as per the existing rules and regulations of the respective offices
under the jurisdiction of the committee after exchanging information about
the rumors,” he said.

The information minister revealed the information while replying to a
written question made by treasury bench lawmaker Shamima Akter Khanam in the
House with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair.

Besides, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
takes immediate actions to stop and remove the links from the social media on
an emergency basis after detecting the rumors on the social sites, Dr Hasan
said.

He went on saying that there is also an 11-member cell on preventing
rumor and informing about this under the Press Information Department (PID),
which is working to inform the media about government’s statement immediately
after detecting rumors in social networking sites.

Apart from this, different public awareness programmes are being
telecasted through the Bangladesh Television and Bangladesh Betar about the
harmful aspects of the rumors and propaganda against the government’s
development activities, the information minister added.

Responding to another question made by treasury bench lawmaker M Abdul
Latif, Dr Hasan said a powerful board is working to stop obscenity in films.

Besides, a task force in association with Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in
plain cloth is working across the country to remove obscenity in the films
and prevent video piracy, he said, adding “Due to the government’s utmost
efforts, a healthy trend is continuing in the film industry.”

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