Bdnews24.com

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bdnews24.com
Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd bdnews24.com Logo.png
Type Online newspaper
Format Mobile & Web
Owner(s) Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd.
Founder(s) Toufique Imrose Khalidi, Asif Mahmood
Publisher Toufique Imrose Khalidi on behalf of Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd
Editor-in-chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi
News editor Arun Devnath, Jahidul Kabir, Monirul Islam
Founded 2005
Language English and Bengali
Headquarters Red Crescent Concord Tower, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Website bdnews24.com

bdnews24.com is an English and Bengali language news website of Bangladesh. As of April 2018, its Alexa ranking was 31 in Bangladesh and 7,183 globally.[1]

History

In 2005, the company launched initially as the country’s first exclusively web-based news agency, and was known as BDNEWS. The other two national news agencies at the time were the state-owned Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and the privately-owned United News of Bangladesh (UNB), which at the time were teleprinter-based "wire services". Following a take-over in mid-2006 at the agency's holding company Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd, ownership is vested between two sole board directors: Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, and Chair of the company Asif Mahmood.

In October 2006, bdnews24.com relaunched as Bangladesh's first free online newspaper, and was rebranded as bdnews24.com. Editor-in-Chief Khalidi is a journalist and former BBC broadcaster.[2] On 28 May 2012 the office of bdnews24.com was attacked by men with machetes injuring three journalists.[3][4]

Website block

In June 2018, Bdnews24.com was blocked without explanation by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).[5][6] After several hours, the BTRC unblocked the website. According to the chairman of the BTRC, the site had "added some objectionable comments in one of their news items". The item was not identified by the BTRC, but other sources reported that it was about General Aziz Ahmed's appointment as army chief of staff.[7]

References

  1. ^ "Bdnews24.com Site Info". Alexa.com. Retrieved 2013-08-15.
  2. ^ "Release Mahmudur". The Daily Star. 2010-06-06. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  3. ^ "Journalists repeatedly attacked in police reprisals against media | Reporters without borders". RSF (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  4. ^ "6-day ultimatum given to arrest attackers". The Daily Star. 2012-05-30. Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  5. ^ "Bdnews24.com blcked". The Daily Star. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle. "Is Bangladesh's media freedom deteriorating? | DW | 27.07.2018". DW.COM. Retrieved 2018-08-11.
  7. ^ "BTRC reopened bdnews24 website". Benarnews. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

External links

  • bdnews24 - official website (EN)
  • bdnews24 Bangla - official website (BN)
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