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Bangladesh profile - Media

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The main broadcasters - Radio Bangladesh and Bangladesh Television (BTV) - are state-owned and government-friendly.

TV is the most popular medium. BTV is the sole network with national terrestrial coverage. Satellite and cable channels and Indian TV stations have large audiences.

State radio covers almost the entire country. BBC World Service in English and Bengali is heard on 100 FM in Dhaka.

Newspapers are outspoken and privately-owned. English-language titles appeal mainly to an urban readership.

Media tend to be polarised, aligning themselves with one or other of the main political factions.

The telecom regulator says there were 67 million internet users by 2017. The vast majority are using mobile devices.

Access to the internet is usually unrestricted, says US-based Freedom House. But access to social media, messaging platforms and news sites has occasionally been blocked by the authorities.

Some prominent bloggers who have written about Islamic fundamentalism have been murdered for their writing. Bloggers and social media users have been arrested on blasphemy-related charges.

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Radio

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