Govt to decide on Peace TV airing soon
The government will take decision soon over Peace TV broadcasting in the country.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu hinted that the decision will be disclosed within two/three days.
Following the matter, Information Minister`s publicity officer Mir Akram Uddin told risingbd.com, “Honorable minister now in a meeting. After the meeting, details can be said in this regard.”
Earlier in the day, Inu said that the government was examining the possibilities of banning Naik’s ‘Peace TV Bangla’ in view of his controversial speeches.
“Give us some more time for taking a decision in this regard…But I can tell you we have been receiving complaints about the provocative contents of his speeches,” Inu said.
The comments by the minister came as Bangladesh’s private TV cable operators said they await a government directive on the broadcast of Naik’s television channel.
“In the past, I myself used to watch the channel but after the Gulshan incident, I realised that many people do not view the channel the way I do it,” Cable TV Owners’ Association President Mir Hossain Akhtar.
He added: “We want to stop airing the channel across the country. But in the absence of any government notification in this regard, it is not possible at this moment.”
The channel also airs broadcast in Bangla targeting the Bangladeshi audience. Naik, whose speeches are aired on ‘Peace TV’ run by his Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation, is a controversial Islamic preacher and his preachings were reported to have inspired some of the Dhaka attackers.
Britain and Canada have banned Naik from visiting the two countries several years ago while Malaysia banned his lectures fearing that they could instigate inter-racial tensions.