Vol. 5 Num 29 Fri. June 25, 2004  

Information minister's directive
Enforce law strictly to check obscenity in films

Information Minister M Shamsul Islam yesterday directed the officials concerned to keep a light rein on obscenity in the films through a stricter enforcement of laws.

"Obscene film makers including actors and actresses, cameramen, producers, directors, distributors, exhibitors and owners of the cinema halls will be brought to book to save the younger generation from the curse of a serious moral disaster," he said.

He said this at an inter-ministerial meeting on stopping obscenity in films at the ministry.

The meeting decided that an inter-ministerial committee will monitor obscenity in movies and find out effective ways to resist menace.

The meeting directed the Censor Board officials in the capital and the task forces headed by the deputy commissioner at the district level to strengthen their drive against dirty films and posters.

Shamsul Islam directed the officials to enforce the laws strictly and suggested them to update the laws to face the new challenges thrown by obscene movies in society.

Describing obscenity as a crime like drug abuse and terrorism, he said it should be stopped at any cost otherwise our future generation will be ruined.

The meeting discussed the entire gamut of obscenity particularly in dirty films, posters, videos, CDs, nude books and urged the social forces to help the government stop this public nuisance.

State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar, Information Secretary AMM Nasiruddin, Secretary to the Prime Minister's office Khandker Shahidul Islam, Cultural Affairs Secretary Modabber Hossain Chowdhury, Inspector General of Police Shahudul Haque, Censor Board Secretary Sarwar Alam, and high officials of different agencies attended the meeting.

Shamsul Islam also urged the film directors to play an effective role in stopping obscenity in the films when a delegation of Film Directors Association called on him.

The Association demanded of the government to stop screening of obscene films through cable networks, arrest video piracy and ban importing Hong Kong based dirty movies.

They suggested sending the movies to the preview committee at first for recommendation and then to produce them before the Censor Board. Film directors also reiterated their demand for reorganising the Censor Board.

President of Film Directors Association Chashi Nazrul Islam, Secretary General Sohanur Rahman Sohan, Amzad Hossain, Kazi Hayat, Shibli Sadeq, Azizur Rahman, Noor Hossain Balai, Nazmul Huda Mintoo, Anjan Sarkar and Arif Al Ashraf attended the meeting.