Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday(Dec.2) said the government has decided to start registering the online media from next week, adding steps would be taken against those which will not get registration.
The Home Ministry has scrutinized the documents of several hundred online news portals meanwhile. The government will give registration to online news portals from next week after examining the related papers, he told a press briefing at his Secretariat office here.
The minister said a total of 3,595 news portals have applied for the registration. The all applications were sent to the home ministry for investigation. Later, we held a meeting with the home, telecom and ICT ministries and urged the home ministry for expediting investigation.
Hasan said online media will be introduced through maintaining proper process in future. None can launch any online news portal without registration, he added.
He also said discipline has been established in the electronic media sector following the government’s different steps. The government will take actions if there is any irregularity in the sector, he added.
Dr. Hassan Mahmud said that it is often found that few people sitting in room have been running an on line news portal which will be not allowed in future.