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Prothom Alo editor sued over Abrar’s death

Court orders exhumation of body for autopsy WT24 Desk A case was filed with a court here on Wednesday against Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman on charge of negligence over the death of Dhaka Residential Model College student Nayeemul Abrar Rahat from electrocution, Agencies report. Victim’s father Mujibur Rahman filed the case with Dhaka Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court. Accepting ...

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Broadcasting private TV channels inWB

India to reduce fee, says Info Minister WT24 Desk Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud said India assured of reducing fees for broadcasting Bangladeshi private TV channels in its West Bengal(WB) state, Agencies report. Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud had a brief meeting with his Prakash Javadekar at the secretariat on Tuesday (November 5). “Bangladeshi private TV channels are not seen ...

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BBC asks private sector to subsidise local reporters scheme

Broadcaster wants local democracy reporters to be paid for by charity that can seek own funding WT24 Desk The BBC is asking private companies to pay the salaries of reporters who will scrutinise local councils in another sign that there is currently no commercial business model that can support much of traditional regional journalism, The Guardian reports. While the US has a ...

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Zuckerberg should pay price for damage to democracy

Former presidential candidate Hilary criticises Facebook’s decision to let politicians lie in adverts WT24 Desk Mark Zuckerberg “should pay a price” for what he is doing to democracy, Hillary Clinton has said, as she expressed doubts about whether free and fair elections were even possible in the wake of Facebook’s decision to not factcheck political advertising, The Guardian reports. Speaking in ...

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Johnson and Corbyn agree to head-to-head election debate on ITV

Labour and Conservative party leaders to face off on 19 November WT24 Desk Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn have confirmed that they will take part in the first head-to-head debate of the election campaign on 19 November, The Guardian reports. The Labour and Conservative party leaders will face each other in the debate on ITV, chaired by presenter Julie Etchingham. Corbyn had challenged Johnson ...

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‘B’deshi journalists must remain united, be aware of their rights’

Int’l Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists on Saturday WT24 Desk As the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists approaches, concern for the safety of journalists in the challenging profession grows worldwide, Agencies report.  Bangladesh was ranked 10th among 13 of world’s worst impunity offenders, according to Committee to Protect Journalists’ (CPJ) 2019 Global Impunity ...

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BBC mounts defence in Samira Ahmed equal pay case

Presenter was paid much less than Jeremy Vine as she was working on ‘relatively niche’ service, says BBC WT24 Desk The BBC has said its rolling news channel is a “relatively niche” service that airs little-watched programmes, in an attempt to convince an employment tribunal that presenter Samira Ahmed should not receive more than £500,000 in back pay for alleged equal pay ...

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EU disputes Facebook’s claims of progress against fake accounts

Commissioner says ‘still some way to go’ in battle against disinformation on social media WT24 Desk Facebook and other major social media platforms have been accused by the European commission of giving a misleading picture of their efforts to remove fake accounts spreading politically motivated disinformation, The Guardian reports.. The security commissioner, Julian King, told the Guardian on the publication of the ...

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Samira Ahmed takes on BBC in landmark equal pay case

Presenter claims being paid one-sixth of Jeremy Vine’s pay amounts to unfair treatment WT24 Desk The BBC presenter Samira Ahmed has launched a landmark equal pay case, claiming she was paid 85% less than her male equivalent, The Guardian reports. Ahmed was cheered when she arrived at the central London employment tribunal on Monday morning. She was accompanied by colleagues and supporters, ...

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