With the restoration of democratic order,
press in Bangladesh enjoys complete freedom today.
During 1997-98. there were more than one thousand
newspapers and periodicals including 286 dailies
in the country, which is much higher than the corresponding
figures of 1990. Total circulation of newspapers
and periodicals exceeds 2 million. Both Bangla and
English language dailies and periodicals are read
Foreign and local news agencies inc1uding state-owned
Bangladesh Sanghad Sangstha are operating in Bangladesh.
Government Departments such as Press Information
Department. Department of Films and Publications.
Department of Mass Communication. Bangladesh Films
Archive. Film Censor Board, Press Council, Press
Institute, Film Development Corporation and National
Institute of Mass Communication are organs of the
Ministry of Information which deal with various
media-related activities of the government.
The External Publicity Wing under the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs looks after the overseas publicity
functions of the Government through Bangladesh Missions
In line with the Privatization Policy, the government
has closed down state-owned newspapers in 1997.
State-owned Bangladesh Betar (Radio) has a countrywide
network with 10 regional stations. Betar's external
service is beamed towards Europe. Middle East, Pakistan,
India and Nepal in 7 languages.
Bangladesh Television (BTV) has undergone rapid
expansion since its inception in 1964. It has two
stations at Dhaka and Chittagong and 11 relay stations
throughout the country. BTV has already commissioned
a second channel for private sector operators. As
per the govt. policy of free flow of information,
free use of dish antenna is allowed for receiving
foreign television programs via satellite.
The public sector media organizations have taken
resolute measures to rectify the distortions which
have crept into the national history between 1975