General Sarwardy’s interview refocuses attention on the appointment of General Aziz Ahmed as army chief

18 July, 2020  - By David Bergman

Lieutenant General (retired) Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy (left) and General Aziz Ahmed, the Chief of Army Staff (right) As this is written, there are reports that RAB-1 has been ordered to detain...

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 future is in the government’s hands

22 May, 2020  - By David Bergman

A man buys a face mask amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus on March 27, 2020 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photo: Storyplus/Alamy Stock Photo. When the first epidemiological projections of the...

What is wrong with the FIR against the Facebook-11

14 May, 2020  - By David Bergman

May 10th, Dhaka — Bangladeshi activists campaigning for the repeal of the Digital Security Act (2018). Photo: Rashtrochinta  On May 5th, a Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) officer filed a...

A secret prisoner returns

4 May, 2020  - By David Bergman

In this undated private photo, the journalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol is seen with the influential Jubo Mohila League leader Apu Ukil. Kajol is understood to have good links to the ruling...

Can we believe the officially reported number of Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh?

13 April, 2020  - By David Bergman

Today, April 13th, there are 39 reported Covid-19 deaths in Bangladesh, 5 more than yesterday. Two weeks ago, Netra News reported on an epidemiological projection about the possible impact of the...

Is Covid-19 virus infection in Bangladesh the deadliest in the world?

26 March, 2020  - By David Bergman

Meerjady Sabrina Flora, the director of IEDCR, speaking at a press conference in Dhaka: Photo (CC BY-SA): Jubaer Ahsan Zaber The Bangladeshi authorities say that, as of March 26th 2020, they have...

In defence of Rupa Huq

8 March, 2020  - By David Bergman

These days in Bangladesh, where journalism critical of the prime minister and the ruling party has become like Samizdat, there remains one kind of criticism that is published ubiquitously in the...

A deal undone

20 February, 2020  - By David Bergman

On October 13th 2019, bdnews24.com, one of Bangladesh’s leading news portals, reported that it had received Taka 50 crore ($5.8 million) investment from a “major fund manager” company, LR...

An election without voters

6 February, 2020  - By David Bergman

February 1st 2020, Dhaka, Bangladesh — A woman casts her vote in the Dhaka City Corporation elections. Photo: Abu Sufian Jewel/Pacific Press/Alamy Live News There were no disappearances of key...

Censored justice

30 January, 2020  - By David Bergman

February 8th 2018, Dhaka, Bangladesh — Lawyers aligned with the BNP stand behind a locked gate inside the High Court premises, after the former prime minister and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was...

An opinion poll paradox

16 January, 2020  - By David Bergman

48% of the survey respondents in IRI opinion poll believed that people in Bangladesh "do not feel free to express their opinions at all”. How credible is an opinion poll on politics in...

A general’s vendetta

26 December, 2019  - By David Bergman

Zahurul Haque Khandaker, a retired honorary captain of the Bangladesh Army, died in a prison hospital this October, apparently from liver disease. The police claim that three weeks earlier,...