Bangladesh eyes online media controls

The Bangladesh government aims to regulate and monitor online news media, New Age newspaper reports. Many news portals show scant regard for accountability, says Information Minster Hasanul Haq Inu. Under proposed rules, news sites, including those run by newspapers and TV stations, must seek registration. They will be barred from carrying content that "demeans" the …

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GDP or Happiness?

Imagine a world where you earn a decent living, the state treats you with fairness, there is little carbon emission in the environment, and on top of everything else, the society values your opinion. Who wouldn't want to live in such a utopian world? There is hardly any country in the world that takes into …

Freedom of expression – the only choice, ONE YEAR OF THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK

Despite recent terror attacks, Paris joined the New Year's celebrations while Berlin went ahead with the celebration even after police warned of possible terror attacks in Munich. While Paris and Berlin had the spirit to go ahead with New Year celebrations, Dhaka decided to curtail its citizen's right to express joy. The government advised people …

The limitations of ICT and Cyber Security Acts

The Cyber Security Act is now open for virtual consultation on the ICT ministry's website. Little was known about this development until the law minister, at a seminar, revealed that the government was working on a befitting cyber security law. However, the ICT ministry neither transmitted any information about its availability nor invited any expert …

Above the law, again

Let us go back to what happened earlier. On 26 April 2010, the cabinet members, in a meeting, agreed to bring amendment to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Act 2004. They agreed to introduce a new clause that would make it mandatory to seek the government’s approval before filing any case against any government official. In …

Role of local government institutions in achieving MDGs

Out of eight goals set in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the United Nations, Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in reducing child mortality (Goal 4). Achievement in combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases are also quite satisfactory (Goal 6). Other areas that will probably reach the targeted goal by 2015 include; eradication of extreme …