The Awami League paradox

23 September, 2021  - By David Bergman

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (on the right) flashes a victory sign after casting her vote at a polling station in Dhaka on Dec. 30, 2018 in elections that were widely considered to be...

How to empty Bangladesh’s secret detention cells

10 September, 2021  - By David Bergman

A screenshot taken from an article in the Guardian in 2011 of a hand-drawn map showing secret detention cells in Bangladesh, drawn by a person who was detained there. The Bangladesh government...

Centre for disinformation

21 August, 2021  - By David Bergman

Tonmoy Ahmed, head of the Awami League Web Team based at Centre for Research and Information (CRI) seen with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina; her son and chair of CRI Sajeeb Wazed Joy; her nephew and...

Criticising Hasina

7 August, 2021  - By David Bergman

Bangladesh media is very careful what it says about the country’s prime minister, Sheikh Hasina.  Most of the media of course has no interest in writing or broadcasting critically...

Playing to the Awami League gallery

29 July, 2021  - By AKM Wahiduzzaman

A mural painting of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh's independence leader who led the country between 1972 to 1975. Credit: Md. Mehedi Hasan/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News Bangladeshi political...

CNN: Channel for hire?

15 July, 2021  - By David Bergman

Outside the CNN Center in Atlanta, the headquarters of the global broadcaster. In December 2018, immediately after Bangladesh’s most recent national elections, the global US-based TV station,...

Bangladesh’s predator prime minister

8 July, 2021  - By David Bergman

Image taken from RSF report on Predators of Press Freedom, showing the inclusion of Sheikh Hasina On July 5th, the media freedom  organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) branded 37 heads of...

Conglomerate media

24 June, 2021  - By David Bergman

In Bangladesh, contemporary discussion of media censorship focuses on how the Awami League government restricts what is broadcast on television or published in newspapers.  To achieve...

Channel Awami League

18 June, 2021  - By David Bergman

Bangladesh television media waiting at the gate of a mosque for news relating to the Corona virus in 2020 (Jahangir Alam Onuchcha / Alamy Stock Photo). It is commonplace to talk about bias and...

When journalism is criminalised

20 May, 2021  - By David Bergman

Rozina Islam, a senior journalist from the leading newspaper Prothom Alo is taken to jail on 18th May 2011 following a court hearing after being detained by the police for alleged offences under the...

Covid-19: Will Bangladesh follow India into breakdown?

29 April, 2021  - By David Bergman

A COVID-19 victim being taken for burial at the graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh. (Photo by Kanti Das Suvra/ABACAPRESS.COM) With Covid-19, Bangladesh has bucked both the expected and the...

Why Hasina did not remove General Aziz

15 April, 2021  - By David Bergman

Screenshot from the Al Jazeera film, "All the prime minister's men". The picture shows Sheikh Hasina, Bangladesh's prime minister, with General Aziz Ahmed when she appointed him as Chief of Army...

What did Bangladesh gain from Modi’s visit?

2 April, 2021  - By Kamal Ahmed

Progressive student organisations take out a procession from Dhaka University on March 26, 2021 to protest against the Indian prime minister's visit to Bangladesh (SK Hasan Ali/ Alamy) The...

Bangladesh at 50: The battle of competing narratives

25 March, 2021  - By David Bergman

Rickshaw drivers with their passengers on the streets of Dhaka, the country's capital city. Photo: Orjan Ellingvag/ Alamy Stock Photo 2021 marks Bangladesh’s 50th year of independence....

Copyrighted – by the Bangladesh state?

26 February, 2021  - By David Bergman

A screenshot taken from Amar Desh UK's Facebook page which remains active. Its website has been closed down, subject to copyright infringement complaints. Ten weeks ago, on December 8th 2020,...