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Dhaka-based Chandpur Journalists’ Forum committee formed

Dhaka – Daily Jugantor’s special correspondent Mizan Malik and news agency United News of Bangladesh’s district editor Rashed Shahriar Polash have been elected president and general secretary respectively of Dhaka-based Chandpur Journalists’ Forum for the next two years. Forum’s adviser and chief reporter of the Dainik Ittefaq M Abul Khayer announced the new committee after its general meeting at a ... Read More »

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

San Francisco, Aug 21 (AP/UNB) — Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can ... Read More »

Minister asks police: Rescue missing Mohona TV journalist

Dhaka, Aug 4 (UNB)— Home Minister Assaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Sunday directed Gulshan police to take immediate steps to rescue missing Mohona TV journalist FM Mushfiqur Rahman. He came up with the instruction at a programme in Karwan Bazar. Minister Kamal hoped the journalist would be rescued soon. “I’vespoken with (Gulshan Division) Deputy Commissioner Mostak Ahmed and ordered him to ... Read More »

‘Miss us?’ Twitter hit with hour-long outage

San Francisco, Jul 12 (AP/UNB) — “Miss us?” Twitter tweeted from its official account as the Great Twitter Outage wound down. We did, apparently. For nearly an hour Thursday, the service we use to keep up with everything and nothing appeared inaccessible for people around the world, regardless of celebrity status or follower count. We reloaded and reloaded. Some turned ... Read More »

Twitter down: site not working for users around the world

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – Twitter went down on Thursday across major parts of the world including the US and the UK as users reported being unable to access the platform on web and mobile devices. The site began experiencing major issues at 2:46pm EST, with problems being reported from users attempting to access Twitter through its website, iPhone or ... Read More »

UK aid to help develop better business media outlets models

Dhaka, July 11 (UNB) – UK aid, through one of its programmes, will look at creative ways for independent media outlets in Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone to develop better business models by helping them cut production costs and find new funding streams. The UK aid through its new package will help media experts, charities, the private sector and academics, ... Read More »

Twitter bans ‘dehumanising’ posts toward religious groups

San Francisco, July 9 (AP/UNB) — Twitter now prohibits hate speech that targets religious groups by using dehumanizing language, a ban it says may extend to other categories like race and gender. The social network already bars hateful language directed at individual religious adherents. It also bans hate speech on the basis of someone’s race, gender and other categories. Tuesday’s ... Read More »

Internet users in Bangladesh hit 94 million: Minister

Dhaka, Jul 9 – Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Tuesday said the number of internet subscribers reached 94.4 million as of May. The minister said this in Parliament while replying to a starred question from ruling party MP M Abdul Latif. He said the number of the country’s total internet users was 60 lakh in December 2008 and ... Read More »

Libra: Facebook’s new currency fails the Hayek test

by Peter Bofinger Libra means ‘balance’ in Latin. But Peter Bofinger argues that Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency would be highly risky for holders and a giant enrichment programme for the company. Facebook’s idea of issuing its own cryptocurrency has met strong criticism. Katherina Pistor has called on governments to protect citizens from the Libra, while Joe Stiglitz has said they should ... Read More »

Freedom of expression, media must in any democracy: UK envoy

Dhaka, July 8 (UNB) – British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Chatterton Dickson on Monday said freedom of expression and the media are essential qualities of any functioning democracy. “As Bangladesh continues its journey of reaching middle income status it is so vital to allow space for a vibrant civil society, through which the people – and especially young people ... Read More »

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by photo glitch

Dhaka, July 3 (UNB) Some Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users cannot upload photos, videos and files. A spokesman for Facebook, which owns all three apps, told BBC News: “We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible.” Together, the social networks have billions of users worldwide, reports BBC. In March, Facebook and Instagram suffered their longest period ... Read More »

Facebook ‘evaluating’ deepfake video policy

San Francisco, June 27 (AP/UNB) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company is evaluating how it should handle “deepfake” videos created with artificial intelligence and high-tech tools to yield false but realistic clips. In an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado on Wednesday, Zuckerberg said it might make sense to treat such videos differently from other misinformation ... Read More »

Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter Account Hacked

Dhaka, Jun 11 (UNB) – Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked on Monday night by Ayyildiz Tim, which claimed to be a Turkish hacker group, reports NDtv. The group replaced Bachchan’s profile picture with a photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and also changed the bio, adding “Love Pakistan” and an emoji of the Turkish flag.  A ... Read More »

Tarique remark not discoruteous, says Hasan Mahmud

Dhaka, Jun 10 (UNB) – Taking a swipe at Dr Kamal Hossain-led Jatiya Oikyafront, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Monday said those who are unable to keep themselves united want to forge a greater national unity against the government. “It makes me laugh…I feel pity seeing Oikyafront’s messy condition. They’ve long been repeatedly talking about forging a greater national ... Read More »

YouTube updates hate speech guidelines to prohibit videos

San Francisco, June 6 (AP/UNB) — YouTube updated its hate speech policies Wednesday to prohibit videos with white supremacy and neo-Nazi viewpoints. The video streaming company says it has already made it more difficult to find and promote such videos, but it’s now removing them outright. YouTube will also prohibit videos that deny certain proven events have taken place, such ... Read More »

North Korea: The Kim Yong Chol purge that wasn’t

Reporters must be more responsible in separating fact from the fiction Fyodor Tertitskiy June 3rd, 2019 Short version – “not dead,” as Sherlock Holmes told John Watson at the beginning of the third season of the popular BBC series. And it seems that Vice-Chairman Kim Yong Chol is even luckier than the great detective: not only is he not dead, ... Read More »

Satkhira Press Club attacked; 10 journalists injured

Satkhira, May 30 (UNB) – At least 10 journalists were injured in an attack by criminals on the press club on Thursday noon. Press club President and freedom fighter Abu Ahmed, former president and district correspondent of channel I Abul Kalam Azad, Prothom Alo Staff Reporter Kalyan Banerjee, General Secretary and also district correspondent of Somoy TV Mamtaz Ahmed Bapi, ... Read More »

Robert L. Bernstein 96, publisher, champion of dissent, dies

By Robert D. McFadden May 27, 2019 Robert L. Bernstein, who built Random House into an international publishing giant and championed political dissent, freedom of expression and relief for oppressed peoples as the founder of Human Rights Watch, died on Monday in Manhattan. He was 96. Mr. Bernstein’s son Peter confirmed the death, at a hospital. The worlds of publishing ... Read More »

Press freedom snatched with Digital Security Act: Fakhrul

Dhaka, May 27 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday alleged that government snatched press freedom abusing the ‘Digital Security Act’. “It’s unfortunate that you (journalists) now can’t perform your professional duties. Assuming power, Awami League in a planned way shut down newspapers and television channels one after another, making many journalists jobless,” he said. The ... Read More »

Over 1,000 journos demand Khaleda’s release before eid

Dhaka, May 26 (UNB) – Over a thousand pro-BNP journalists on Sunday demanded the release of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail before the upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr. “We urge the government to immediately free the three-time elected former Prime Minister and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. We demand the government ensure the end of her incarceration before the forthcoming Eid-ul-Fitr,” said a ... Read More »

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

San Francisco, May 24 (AP/UNB) — Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. Nearly all of them were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network. In a new report, Facebook said it saw a “steep increase” ... Read More »

SC’s brief statement on media role regarding courts, cases

Dhaka, May 21 – The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a brief statement in an attempt to clarify its instructions issued earlier to restrain the media from reporting sub-judice cases. “Bangladesh Supreme Court always believes in the freedom of the Press. The publication of reports or broadcasts that tarnish the dignity of the court and influence the ongoing trials are ... Read More »

Work underway to discipline online media: Info Minister

Chattogram, May 18 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said the government is working to bring online media under discipline and sought cooperation from journalist unions and press clubs to this end. “One opens an online portal and gives cards to five others…this can’t happen. Online media should be brought under discipline and work also began in ... Read More »

Instability in BD media to be over soon: Info Minister says

Dhaka, May 9 (UNB) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Thursday said the instability in the media, especially in TV channels, over the insecurity of journalists’ jobs will be over soon as the government is taking various steps in this regard. “Since the Prime Minister has given me the charge of this [information] ministry, I have been working for ... Read More »

Singapore reportedly criminalizes publication of fake news

Singapore, May 9 (AP/UNB) — Singapore reportedly has passed a law criminalizing publication of fake news and allowing the government to block and order the removal of such content. The Protection from Online Falsehoods and Manipulation Bill passed Wednesday night by a vote of 72-9, a lawmaker with the opposition Worker’s Party, Daniel Goh, said on Twitter. The law bans ... Read More »

Journalism for democracy election in times of disinformation

By IPS World Desk Rome, Apr 29 2019 (IPS) – Journalists and media outlets worldwide have recently been subject to a subtle wave of vilification. Populist rhetoric and public indifference have begun to threaten the very foundation of our freedom. Journalists provide the checks and balances fundamental to all democracies, by highlighting government failures or reporting on societal injustice. But ... Read More »

Myanmar frees Reuters reporters jailed for Secrecy Act crime

Yangon, May 7 (AP/UNB) — Two Reuters journalists who were imprisoned for breaking Myanmar’s Official Secrets Act over reporting on security forces’ abuses of Rohingya Muslims were pardoned and released Tuesday. The convictions of Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, had drawn condemnation from rights groups, Western governments and press associations, and the two journalists had garnered several ... Read More »