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BDR ‘mutiny’: Role of media March 8, 2009

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, BDR mutiny, Blogging, Media.
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‘Mutiny’ in the Pilkhana caught everybody surprised. No one ever imagined such an event to be happened in Bangladesh .

People close to the Pilkhana, the high ups who were informed by the victims themselves and close relatives of endangered officers were probably the first persons who were heard or informed of the sitaution.

Most of the people knew the fact when the electronic media started to telecast the incident live. From then on People were virtually glued to the media and were following the progress of the incident.

The first interview with the mutineers was by Munni Shaha on ATN close to a BDR gate where more than half a dozen of the mutineers, some of them masked tried to express their grievances in a haphazard way. It is said afterwords that this interview and some of the others in the first day glorify the demands of the mutineers.

Probably in an oblique reference to these telecasts, the Information Minister urged the jourrnalists to play their role more responsibly.

But as a whole, electronic media tried to convey the real-time phenomenon to the viewers. The telecast not only gave an idea about what was going on around the incident in Philkhana, the footage recorded by them will also be of help to identify the criminals and to follow the course of events.

The web media also make the issue lively in the internet. Bloggers, social networkers and web hosters discussed the different aspect of the issue, projected pictures, audios and videos and expressed their opinion unhindered. The web this time attract more young viewers than the print media and presented more information and thoughts.

It looks that the Bangladesh web media will be more vibrant with increased number of visitors in future. One advantage of web media is that there is scope for every visitor to participate in the discussion and it is so interactive which is not so with the print media or tv channels.

With time web media will be more popular and more representative.

An ordinary citizen