Notice served on 5 channels for airing smoking scene
04 November 2015,Nirapad News: The Ministry of Information has sent notices to five TV channels for allegedly violating the ‘Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) Act, 2005’ while broadcasting TV dramas.
The ministry on Sunday sent separate notices, signed by senior assistant secretary M Akhteruzzaman Talukder, to the managements of ATN Bangla, NTV, Rtv, Maasranga Television and Bangla Vision asking them to give their statements in this regard, official sources said.
Earlier, the Environment Council Bangladesh (ECB), a non-government organisation, submitted a complaint to the ministry saying that the TV channels are still showing smoking scenes in TV dramas defying the tobacco control laws.
A study conducted by the Environment Council Bangladesh on TV dramas of six leading channels during the Eid-ul Fitr vacations, shows that at least 10 dramas, aired by six private satellite TV channels from July 17 to 24 this year, contained smoking scenes, and they showed those 52 times in the dramas.
Watching a total of 76 TV dramas, the study found 10 of them containing smoking scenes with a total duration of 10 minutes and 10 seconds, which was a clear violation of the law.
The dramas that aired smoking scenes were Pashan in Love, Metropolitan Prem, Tel, Story of Thousand Days, Jamai Swashur, Chad o Bamuner Galpo, Twelve Hours, Shakkhat Pratthi, Chayasongi, Tel o Jholer Golpo and Cry Baby Cry.
Of the dramas, smoking scenes were shown 30 times in Pashan in Love alone, while five times in each of Metropolitan Prem and Tel o Jholer Galpo.
But screening smoking scenes cannot be allowed in TV dramas in any way. Section 5 (1) (E) of the Smoking and Tobacco Products Usage (Control) (Amendment) Act, 2013, says screening all kinds of tobacco and smoking scenes in television is completely prohibited.