Bangladesh’s Changing Mediascape  (Book)

From State Control to Market Forces

With contributions from a diverse group of media and communications scholars from around the globe, Bangladesh’s Changing Mediascape presents a pioneering study of the trends, patterns and prospects shaping the contemporary Bangladeshi media. Among the many topics discussed here are the difference among specific media formats, including television, newspapers, radio, film and photography; policy issues; and the challenge that new media poses to governance in a developing nation faced with innumerable economic, social and political problems. Eschewing the currently dominant development communication model, the editors argue that market forces rather than planned state interventions will contribute to a more equitable communication environment.


The book is a collection of essays that provide an in-depth understanding of the changing Bangladesh mediascape. The essays focus on, respectively, specific media (television, radio, film, the press and photography), policy issues and the challenge of the new media to governance in an emerging and developing nation faced with innumerable economic, social and physical problems. The book deliberately avoids the development communication model and argues that market forces rather than planned state interventions will contribute to a more equitable communication environment for Bangladesh.

Brian Shoesmith is Adjunt Professor of Communication and Contemporary Arts at Edith Cowan University, Australia

Jude William Genilo is Head of the Media Studies and Journalism Department. University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB)

Chapter 1: Bangladesh’s Changing Mediascape: An Introduction – Brian Shoesmith and Jude William Genilo

Chapter 2: From Few to Many Voices: An Overview of Bangladesh’s Media – Brian Shoesmith and Shameem Mahmud

PART I: Histories

Chapter 3: The Transformation of the Bangladesh Press – Shameem Mahmud

Chapter 4: Radio in Bangladesh: Growth, Decline and Transformation – Jude William Genilo, Bikash Ch. Bhowmick, and Brian Shoesmith

Chapter 5: Rickshaw Puller’s Dreams: From a Cultural History to an Economic Geography of Bangladesh Popular Cinema – Zakir Hossain Raju

Chapter 6: Mu- lafhireejawa (back to the root): Photojournalism and Documentary Photography in Bangladesh – Norman Leslie

Chapter 7: Fragile Fourth Estate: A history of Censorship in Bangladesh (1972–2012) – Naeem Mohaiemen

Chapter 8: Media Law in Bangladesh – A B M Hamidul Mishbah

PART II: Social and Political Contexts 

Chapter 9: Negotiating Identity: Islam in the Films of Tareque and Catherine Masud – Juditha Ohlmacher and Anis Pervez

Chapter 10: Women in Bangladeshi Soap Operas: Myth or Reality? – Monami Haque

Chapter 11: ‘Digital Bangladesh’: Technology, Inequality and Social Change – AJM Shafiul Alam Bhuiyan

Chapter 12: Narratives on Digital Bangladesh: Shared Meanings, Shared Concerns – Jude William Genilo, Shamsul Islam, and Marium Akther

Chapter 13: A Political History of Television in Bangladesh – Brian Shoesmith, Shameen Mahmud, and S M Shameem Reza

PART III: Media Practices

Chapter 14: The Profile and Activity of Citizen Journalists: A Study on Bangla Blog Community – Fahmidul Haq

Chapter 15: Independent Cinema in Bangladesh: Its Roots, Growth, Challenges, and Opportunities – Fahmidul Haq and Shanthi Balraj

Chapter 16: Politics of Restraint: The Media and the Chittagong Hill Tracts – Hana Shams Ahmed

Chapter 17: Television, Discursive Spaces, and the Public Sphere of Bangladesh – Jude William Genilo and Ashik Mohammad Shafi

Chapter 18: Public Relations in Bangladesh: Past Discourses, Future Trends – Jude William Genilo and Imtiaz Ahmed Chowdhury

Chapter 19: Challenging the Hegemonic Gaze: Women and Representation in a Cross-cultural Context – Caitlin Harrison

Chapter 20: Conclusion: A Final Word on Market Forces and the Bangladeshi Mediascape – Brian Shoesmith and Jude William Genilo

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