Information Minister Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said that false information is being disseminated saying that the Prothom Alo reporter was arrested for writing about the rise in commodity prices.
He said despite the protests of the Bangladeshi people against the newspaper report, the newspaper con-cerned has not issued an apology and is disseminating false information abroad.
He made the remark on Sunday at the Secretariat during a view exchange meeting with the Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad (BSP).
Mozaffar Hossain Paltu, president of BSP and also a member of the Awami League advisory committee, took part in the discussion.
Some individuals, both at home and abroad, running pre-planned propaganda against Bangladesh’s de-velopment and success of the present government, the minister said that negative news is sometimes giv-en importance.
The minister said in this particular report the child did not make the remark but pushed TK 10 payment for it and that boy was exploited because his photo was released alongside the news.
He said that rising commodity prices are being reported on all media and that no one has been arrested for it.
He also said that the report in question violated the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and mocked the country’s independence.