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Today is World Press Freedom Day. In an exclusive interview with VOA, Abed Khan, well-known journalist and columnist of Bangladesh, spoke about the freedom of press in Bangladesh.
Reporters Without Borders says this year, nine journalists have been killed around the world and nearly 300 are in prisons. Recently, Freedom House, an independent watchdog organization that supports the expansion of freedom around the world, reported that Bangladesh is one of those countries that have advanced in the field of press freedom. Abed Khan speaks about this and explains the reasons behind it.
Abed Khan speaks about the different media sources that the country now benefits from. There are various newspapers and tv channels that allow journalists to give their reports allowing the public to make more informed opinions and decisions. Media owners, competing with each other, have now adopted new approaches to spread the news. Though it is challenging sometimes, the future looks optimistic.
Abed Khan is the editor of the daily newspaper Kaler Kantho (Voice of Age). Before this, he was an editor for Samakal, Jugantor, and Bhorer Kagoj, three well-known media houses of Bangladesh.