This book consists of two parts, both focussing on the media landscape and challanges faced by journalists in Bangladesh during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first part contains 10 interviews with individual journalists, while the second oe presents the results of a survey conducted among 200 additional media professionals.
In Bangladesh, journalists are facing siginificant challenges. One journalist Humayun Kabir Khokon (47) died on 28th of April, 2020 and another two journalists died before him with COVID-19 symptoms. Until today, 88 journalists have been identified Corona-infected. One national newspaper closed their printed version of newspaper and continued only nline, all crew of all unit in a television channel had to go quarantine for 14 days; but they continued their program by taking footage and other technical help from other media houses. Generally, houses are prioritizing to ‘Work from Home’ but it’s very difficult for profession like journalism where frequent visit and observational findings are crucial for reliable journalism.
Authors: Afia Sultana, Urmila Sarkar, Syed Kamrul Hasan – SACMID