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Bangladesh media guide

2023-06-10 20:00:13 [Press center9] source:CNN (Cable News Network)

TV is the most popular medium. State-owned BTV is the sole network with national terrestrial coverage. Satellite and cable channels and Indian TV stations have large audiences.

State radio covers almost the entire country. BBC World Service in English and Bengali is heard on 100 FM in Dhaka.

Newspapers are outspoken and privately-owned. English-language titles appeal mainly to an urban readership.

Media tend to be polarised, aligning themselves with one or other of the main political factions.

Freedom House says journalists and media face lawsuits, harassment and physical attacks. A digital security law allows for prison terms for "negative propaganda".

There were 129.1 million internet users by July 2022, comprising 77.2% of the population ( The vast majority are using mobile devices.

Access to the internet is usually unrestricted, says US-based Freedom House. But access to social media, messaging platforms and news sites has occasionally been blocked by the authorities.

Some prominent bloggers who have written about Islamic fundamentalism have been murdered for their writing. Bloggers and social media users have been arrested on blasphemy-related charges.

(editor-in-charge:Press center 1)

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