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To understand how gender-equality concerns are integrated into the media-related regulations, policies and self-regulatory frameworks in Bangladesh, MRDI carried out this study on gender equality and media regulation. It tries to find ways that can help increase freedom of expression for the people experiencing inequality because of their gender status, without compromising media freedom and independence guaranteed by Bangladesh constitution. The study is expected to help policy-makers, regulators and media houses formulate norms that will create an enabling environment in the media industry, free from all kind of discrimination.

Gender Equality and Media Regulation Study Bangladesh

Superabundance of information delivered through traditional media outlets and social media platforms has wide opened the flow of misinformation and disinformation. Distinguishing between fake and fact has become too difficult for the news consumers and the news providers as well who depend on sources for gathering news. So, fact checking, skill is now an important matter for news consumption and production. This fact checking and verification handbook of MRDI written in simple terms will not only will help news media professionals and professional fact checkers, but also the common readers.
ফ্যাক্ট চেকিং ও ভেরিফিকেশন হ্যান্ডবুক (Fact checking and verification handbook)
This booklet of guidelines is meant for journalists, and aspiring journalists.  This is also for the media managers and editors. The guidelines aim to inspire thoughts and creative actions for upholding journalism ethics and ensuring gender-equality and gender-sensitivity in journalism.

সাংবাদিকতার নীতিনৈতিকতার দিগন্তে জেন্ডার (Gender in the context of journalism ethics)

Over the last decade, Bangladesh news audiences have experienced an increasingly complex environment that has undermined news media trust. The increased competition and the shift to digital media and digital revenue models has steadily undermined the business model for media. Added to this already difficult environment, Bangladesh has experienced an outbreak of “fake news” providers aggravated to “infodemic” proportions by the disinformation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. To understand the factors undermining confidence in Bangladesh’s news media, MRDI has commissioned a series of reports looking at media literacy, media viability and economics.  This national survey of media trust among Bangladesh’s news consumers is an important addition to this effort.

Trust, but Verify: Factors affecting media trust in Bangladesh

‘Story based enquiry: A manual for investigative journalists’ This manual has been globally appreciated by investigative journalists. It is an extensive guidance written by famous investigative journalist Mark Lee Hunter. It is a UNESCO funded manual which includes research, writing, quality assessment and promotion etc. through case studies.  Initiated by Fojo Media Institute and MRDI, for a better learning experience for the investigative reporters this valuable and significant manual has been translated into Bangla with the permission from open access policy. Its copyright is protected by UNESCO. MRDI is responsible for the quality of translation. The manual has been translated by Iraj Ahmed.
স্টোরি-নির্ভর অনুসন্ধান: অনুসন্ধানী সাংবাদিকদের জন্য ম্যানুয়াল (Story-based inquiry: a manual for investigative journalists)
Bangladesh' news media industry faces two scenarios in general: Stagnation and Leadership. Stagnation is when the audience loses interest in news media and opts for digital platforms instead. Leadership, on the other hand is when keeping the large and evolving audience, the news media adapts itself in a healthy way. This report explores five factors ranging from audience to advertising in the news industry.

Leadership or stagnation: The future of media viability in Bangladesh

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