HC declares TV news sponsored by businesses ‘illegal’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:19, May 07,2019


The High Court Division on Monday declared TV news sponsored by businesses as ‘illegal’ and violation of Articles 31, 32, and 39 of the Constitution.
A bench of Justice Zubayer Rahman Chowdhury and Justice Sashanka Shekhar Sarkar in their verdict, however, allowed private TV channels to broadcast news sponsored by businesses until August 31.
The court gave the verdict after hearing a public interest litigation filed in August 2011 by TV watcher and retired teacher of Government Laboratory High School MA Matin.
Petitioner’s lawyer Maud Ahmed Sayeed told New Age that the verdict, however, declared broadcasting advertisements before and after news bulletins as well as during breaks as ‘lawful’.
He said that the writ petition was filed after some private TV channels did not broadcast the news of death of Dhaka University music professor Dr Mridul Kanti Chakraborty due to negligence of doctors as well as the authorities of Labaid Cardiac Hospital on August 15, 2011.
He said that the news bulletins of these TV channels were sponsored by Labaid Hospital.
Asaduzzaman and Anisul Hassan appeared for Channel 24.
The ruling was not contested by 23 other private TV channels.
BTV does not broadcast sponsored news, submitted deputy attorney general Taposh Kumar Biswash.

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