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The Daily Star, Mahfuz Anam, Press Freedom in Bangladesh

Will The Daily Star and Mahfuz Anam Survive the “Anamosity”?

On February 3, 2016, Mahfuz Anam, the editor of Bangladesh’s respected English newspaper The Daily Star, appeared on a TV talk show. Hosted by Munni Saha, a familiar face on TV, the show featured two little known guests alongside Mr. Anam: a junior university teacher and a mid-level news editor of a news website. The panelists were barely in a position to pass judgment on a newspaper as prominent as The Daily Star on a national TV, that too as a co-panelist with Mahfuz Anam. The curious choice of guests was, therefore, indicative of an interesting ploy. And, throughout the show,Continue readingWill The Daily Star and Mahfuz Anam Survive the “Anamosity”?

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Bangladesh’s Secular Bloggers: Addressing a Conundrum

The very first attempt by a mainstream newspaper to shed light on what Bangladesh’s secular bloggers are up to resulted in far-reaching and painful consequences for the entire country. An overtly biased, misleading and erroneous presentation set off a chain of events that led to a profound change in the country’s politics, a sharp division in society and culminated in the brutal killings of scores of bloggers in the hands of militants. How bloggers come under the spotlight In a country of more than 160 million people, newspapers in Bangladesh do not wield a proportionately large readership: The most exaggeratedContinue readingBangladesh’s Secular Bloggers: Addressing a Conundrum