Factual Reporting: MIXED
World Press Freedom Rank: Bangladesh 151/180
BDnews24 is a free-to-access 24/7 English-language news portal based in Bangladesh. According to it’s about page the news site was initially founded as a news agency which was owned by Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd. In 2016, Toufique Imrose Khalidi, and Asif Mahmood became the new owners of BDnews24. Toufique Imrose Khalidi is also the editor-in-chief of BDnews24.
Funded by / Ownership
Toufique Imrose Khalidi and Asif Mahmood are the owners of the BDnews24. Revenue is derived through advertising.
Analysis / Bias
In 2020, Reporters Without Borders ranked Bangladesh 151/180 in their Press Freedom Index, stating there is a “disturbing increase in press freedom violations.” Sheikh Hasina is the country’s Prime Minister since 2009. She is the leader of the Center-Left Awami League.
In review, BDnews24 publishes news with a pro-government tone, such as this “Hasina hooked on fishing as she goes out for a breath of fresh air amid virus blow” and “The new cabinet: Full of surprises, and a first in Bangladesh”. They also report news related to the opposition with a neutral tone “RAB arrests cartoonist Kishore, writer Mushtaq Ahmed in digital security case.” When covering world news, pertaining to the USA, they cover the Trump administration with a critical tone by republishing New York Times articles such as “What Trump and toxic cops have in common”. In general, they source information poorly and report one-sided government propaganda through bias by omission.
Failed Fact Checks
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Overall, we rate BDnews24 Left-Center Biased and Questionable based on poor sourcing techniques and the promotion of pro-government propaganda through one-sided reporting and bias by omission that is not critical of the government. ( 10/28/2016) Updated (M. Huitsing 9/25/2020)