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Govt instructions to TV channels worries Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today expressed her concerns over the government’s instructions to the private television stations not to air any sensational news on blockade and hartal, news agencies report.
“The ongoing blockade will continue until the demand for holding a fresh election under a nonparty administration is met,” Shawkat Mahmood, an adviser to Khaleda, quoted her as saying.
Shawkat, who is also president of BNP loyal faction of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), was speaking to journalists after meeting Khaleda at her Gulshan office in Dhaka this evening.
The journalist leader described the government’s instruction as a decent threat to the media and said, “It has been done so that people cannot know the actual information.”
“No such meeting took place before (in the history of the country) where six ministers were present,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the government urged the television channels to be cautious on the coverage of violence in the country during the BNP-led 20-party alliance’s countrywide agitation.  “We urged channels not to sensationalise facts while covering news of violence,” Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu said at a press briefing. “We suggested them to highlight the prevailing normal situation of the country.”
The minister was speaking after holding a meeting with owners and chiefs of television channels of the country at the Information Ministry this afternoon. Four senior ministers attended the meeting that focused on the role of the media under current circumstances.

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