Govt slaps ban on Hindi-dubbed Doraemon telecast

The government has banned the Hindi-dubbed Japanese cartoon series Doraemon, fearing that continuing telecast of the cartoon would change the mother tongue of children in Bangladesh, Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu told Parliament Thursday.

The minister said this in reply to a question from treasury bench member Hafiz Uddin Ahmed during the question-answer session.

“The government doesn’t want children’s educational atmosphere to get vitiated due to the telecast of Doraemon. The government has already issued notices directing to stop the telecast of unapproved foreign satellite television channels like Disney, Disney XD and Pogo. So, the airing of the children’s favourite cartoon Doraemon has been banned.”

The House sitting resumed at 4:30pm with Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali in the chair.

Reading out a notice of public importance in parliament on Feb 3, ruling Awami League lawmaker Shahriar Alam had demanded immediate ban on airing of the cartoon Doraemon in the country. He had said television stations should air foreign cartoons after dubbing them in Bangla.

Apprehending negative effect of the cartoon, the MP of Rajshahi’s Charghat constituency observed that this type of cartoons might change the mother tongue in the future. He mentioned Doraemon serial only taught about telling lies and speaking Hindi.

He said the cartoon serials should teach the children about the moral and religious values and motivate them for

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