Towards another rigged election?

4 November, 2021  - By David Bergman

Posters of Awami League candidate Fazle Noor Taposh in the capital city of Dhaka during the 2018 election. Credit: MD Mehedi Hasan/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News Bangladesh is about to move into its...

Why Joy is wrong about the Digital Security Act

29 October, 2021  - By David Bergman

Picture of the Facebook post which Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of the Bangladesh prime minister and government ICT advisor posted a day after attacks on Hindu temples in Bangladesh “Without the...

Taking hostages to silence critics

9 October, 2021  - By David Bergman

Youtube channel run by the exiled dissident journalist Kanak Sarwar, now living in the United States For long, Bangladesh’s criminal justice system has been broken — corrupt, venal,...

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...