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12:00 AM, August 15, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:11 AM, August 15, 2020

Disinformation campaign targeting Bangladesh condemned

Indian Deputy High Commission urges all to disregard false info

The Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in India has condemned what it said is a disinformation campaign by some Indian media targeting Bangladesh, and urged all to disregard the false information peddled by those outlets.

In a statement yesterday, it said it recently noticed that some web portals based in India's northeastern region have published totally false and baseless articles and rumours regarding Bangladesh's prime minister, ministers, advisers, military and security forces and intelligence agencies.

"Most notably, the said portals have run distorted and photoshopped image of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an attempt to hurt the existing friendly ties between Bangladesh and India."

The Deputy High Commission said it understands the web portals -- theeasternlink.com, nenow.in and lookeast.in -- are operated by or under the auspices of a discredited Indian journalist with a track record of disseminating false information about Bangladesh. In 2017, he published a baseless and debunked article suggesting a deadly coup and murder attempt against the Bangladeshi premier.

"In addition, these portals have published serious and provocative articles about Bangladesh military and security forces, lacking any sense of journalistic integrity," it said.

The Deputy High Commission said, "We condemn such disinformation campaign targeting Bangladesh. We would like to urge all concerned to disregard the false information peddled by these web portals."


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