Bangladesh works towards media autonomy

Mindful of the importance of media autonomy in a democracy, a certain stakeholder in Bangladesh had taken steps to push for the independence of the country’s government-run television and radio stations.

Bangladesh’s human rights organisation Adhikar had filed a petition with the country’s High Court, which in turn had ordered the government to report on the progress towards the autonomy of public broadcasting.

This episode in Bangladesh’s broadcasting should impress upon the Malaysian government that public radio and television stations are not to be run in a way that merely serves the narrow interests of the ruling party.

Public broadcasting, if we need reminding, should serve the socio-cultural, political and economic needs of all stakeholders in society, irrespective of their political affiliations, creed, social status, class and gender. And to do so, the broadcasting stations have to be autonomous.

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