File photo of Minister of Information Dr Hasan Mahmud Mahmud Hossain Opu / Dhaka Tribune
There are often personal motivations behind these magazines, according to Information Minister Hasan Mahmud
Irregularly published magazines will be closed, said Minister of Information and Broadcasting Hasan Mahmud.
He said: “I have taken the initiative to close 210 magazines which are not actually printed regularly but occasionally or in secret.”
He was speaking Thursday at the biennial general meeting on the development of the Barind region at the National Press Club.
The Minister of Information said: “No one knows where these newspapers are printed from. With the rapid development of the media, some fraudulent activities have also arisen. It’s reality. Some use the media for their personal benefit, others for commercial gain. There are many newspapers that are also owned by a journalist and editor.
He added: “Good news houses are now facing challenges because of this state of affairs.”
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Referring to the development of the country, and addressing the BNP Secretary General of Information, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the Minister of Information said: “Whether or not Mr. Fakhrul recognizes the development of the country, today the Chief Economist of the World Bank and the President of the United States. “
Hasan Mahmud said: “It doesn’t matter if they [BNP] accept it or not. Their headquarters, whose ideology is inspired by Pakistan, looks at them in amazement. Imran Khan himself admits it. We left them out in all the clues. Only Mr. Fakhrul does not believe it.
Bangladesh Workers’ Party General Secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha, Bangladesh Awami League Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain, Dhaka Union of Journalists General Secretary Sajjad Alam Khan Tapu and others were present in as special guests at the meeting.