For 30 years we had only BTV where we had to listen only old style Government sermons. Over the last six years, revolutionary developements took place in electronic journalism in Bangladesh. As a free nation we suddenly grew by 100 years.

And someone is trying to put us back by 50 years again.

Don’t eat. Don’t Talk ( Bangalir kotha chhara ar ki achhe?). Only praise the Lord.

Govt issues guidelines for TV talk shows

Dhaka, Sept 20 ( – The government Tuesday asked private television channels to follow a set of nine guidelines in airing talk shows.

“We did not issue any notice for talk shows. We just gave some unofficial guidelines so that nobody gets in trouble,” information adviser Mainul Hosein told Thursday.

“We did not impose any prohibitions. We just said the talk shows should be constructive and pre-recorded,” he said.

The guidelines advised television stations not to air more than three to four talk shows a week and edit them before put them on the air.

The government discouraged live talk shows, sms or phone-ins.

The new guidelines asked producers to consider only businessmen, educationists and intellectuals as potential guests.

The government also asked the channels to focus on cultural, economic, social and educational issues.

The information ministry summoned top executives of the television stations Tuesday where Hosein briefed TV bosses on the new guidelines.

Written guidelines were distributed among them after the meeting.

A television channel official, seeking anonymity, told “Information ministry officials asked me to attend the meeting in 30 minutes’ notice. Later I was handed a guideline.”

“Our audience may lose interest in talk shows because of these guidelines. Advertisers might pull off as well. Talk shows may get into trouble over this,” he said.


The government has banned the Eid issue of Bangla-language weekly magazine Shaptahik 2000, a top official said Thursday. Home secretary Abdul Karim told that the Eid edition of the magazine had carried an article “offensive to religious sensibilities”. The autobiographical article written by Daud Haider, self-exiled in Germany, is at the heart of the controversy. The acting editor of the magazine, Golam Mortoza, told “I heard about it. But we didn’t get any official order.” He said the magazine authorities had decided to take the Eid issue off the newsstands, taking into account the “confusion it might have created”. []

The Dhaka district magistrate has suspended the Prothom Alo’s satire magazine Aalpin, three days after it ran a controversial cartoon strip “hurting religious sensibilities”.

In an order, the magistrate informed its publisher that the publication of the cartoon story violated the Printing Press and Publications (Declaration and Registration) Act 1973, the Press Information Department said in a statement Thursday.

“The publisher has been asked to explain in two weeks from notification why the Prothom Alo’s Aalpin magazine will not be banned,” said the order, quoted by PID.

The order asked the publisher to suspend the publication of Aalpin until the issue is resolved.

The order described the satire magazine as unapproved. []