Selected Laws, Acts and Policy Documents Regulating Bangladeshi Media


The Penal Code 1860

The Telegraph Act, 1885

The Code of Criminal Procedure 1898

The Official Secrets Act 1923

The Contempt of Court Act 1926 (Repealed)

The Contempt of Court Act 2013

The Foreign Relations Act 1932

The Wireless Telegraph Act, 1933

The Indecent Advertisements Prohibition Act 1963

Printing Presses and Publications Act 1973

Special Power Act 1974

Press Council Act 1974

Bangladesh Government Servants (Conduct) Rule 1979 (Repealed)

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act 2006 [amended on October 6 2013]

Policy Guidelines for Advertisements and Supplements 2008

Community Radio Policy 2008

Right to Information Act 2009

The Censorship of Films Act, 1963

The National Broadcast Policy 2014

The Digital Security Act (DSA) 2018


Institutions and Regulatory Bodies related to Media in Bangladesh 


Ministry of Information, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Press Council

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)

Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB)


Other Bodies and Associations


Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO)

Newspaper Owners’ Association of Bangladesh (NOAB)

National Press Club

Editors’ Council (Sampadak Parishad)

Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU)

The Editors Guild, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Community Radio Association (BCRA)

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC)