Information and Broadcasting Minister Hasan Mahmud today came down heavily on Amnesty International, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Reporters without Borders (RSF) for what he called their “biased take on human rights, press freedom and corruption in Bangladesh”.
Bangladesh slid four notches and is now 150th in the World Press Freedom Index revealed by the Reporters Without Borders yesterday.
Media freedom throughout the world has never been as threatened as it is now, says Reporters Without Borders.
Freedom of expression and a vibrant strong democracy go hand in hand. A free press contributes to a stronger society and
Bangladesh has moved two notches up to 144th position among 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index-2016 prepared by Reporters Sans Frontières. But the Paris-based advocacy group voices serious concern over the state of freedom of expression in Bangladesh.
World press freedom deteriorated in 2015, especially in the Americas, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said as it released its annual rankings, warning of "a new era of propaganda".
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stop what it said was “hounding” of The Daily Star Editor
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stop what it said “hounding” The Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam over his comment that, like many other newspapers and TV stations, he published information in 2007 that seemed to implicate Hasina in corruption, which could not be verified independently.
A total of 110 journalists are killed around the world in 2015, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Tuesday, warning that more were being deliberately targeted for their work in supposedly peaceful countries.