Internet Ombudsman likely another toothless tiger
Saleem Samad of DOT
Internet Ombudsman, will be a harmonious balance between media freedom, accountability of social media.
Earlier on Saturday, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, suggested establishing an “Internet Ombudsman” to deal with fake news and rumors on social media platforms.
“We need to discuss deeply about how the unedited platforms (social media platforms) can be brought under rules and regulations,” the information minister said, adding that the government will take a decision in consultation with stakeholders in the media industry.”
The concept is definitely a good initiative for a democratic government. Unfortunately such institution will fall between the cracks in partisan politics, says Abu Sayeed Khan is Deputy Editor of Dainik Samakal and political analyst
The chief of Internet Ombudsman will obviously be selected among those who have allegiance to partisan politics.
Like the Bangladesh Human Rights Commission and Bangladesh Press Council, it will not grow into an institution as these organizations will surely be another toothless tiger, the journalist remarked.
Khan urged to strengthen the existing institutions to ensure democracy and rule of law instead of opening new windows which are not efficiently implemented.