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Cabinet gives nod to 2 key draft laws on media
The cabinet today endorsed drafts of two key laws involving the mass media.
It principally approved drafts of Broadcast Act, 2018, involving the operation of digital media, and Media Employee Act, 2018, which involves job regulations of a journalist.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the cabinet meeting. Cabinet Secretary Shafiul Alam briefed reporters after the meeting, revealing in summary the entails of the laws.
According to the proposed law, a regulatory commission will be formed under the Broadcast Act, which will be responsible for registration and regulation of digital media.
The law will be applicable for all digital media including online news portals, television and radio. The commission will be the authority to grant or reap license of registration from those media.
Alongside, the Media Employee Act (conditions for employment), 2018, will be the new law under which journalists will be employed; not labour law as the system is.
Under the new law, a separate wage board will be formed by the government which will elaborate the basic pay, amenities and all facilities of a journalist’s service.
Also, the new law will handle all the offences regarding employment of a journalist.