Government bans ATN News's popular political talk show ‘Shomoyer Songlap’

By Nazmus Saquib

‘Shomoyer Songlap’ — a very popular television talk show by satellite channel ATN News has been banned upon the directives of the government high-ups, confirmed the channel sources while talking with the Bangladesh Chronicle today. “We had to cancel our regular show on Thursday and the ‘influential quarter’ has directed us to stop broadcasting it until further notice” said the sources.

Shomoyer Songlap is hosted by former Vice President of DAKSU Mahmudur Rahman Manna.

Mahmudur Rahman Manna

While talking with this reporter, an aggrieved Manna said, “This talk show has gained immense popularity among the people in the last two years. Politicians, academicians and economists are generally the invited guests of this show. This analytical show aims at highlighting the state of affairs in the country in an objective manner. However in a democratic country, banning a talk show for no apparent reason is like depriving people from their right to know. If the government is unwilling to accept constructive criticisms, then it is really unfortunate for the nation.”

Wishing anonymity, a number of talk show hosts expressed their disappointment on the government move. “We fear the government may ban more talk shows in the coming days. Maybe this is one is their step to implement the draft broadcast policy which aims at curbing the power of the free media.”

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One Response to Government bans ATN News's popular political talk show ‘Shomoyer Songlap’

  1. This government is preparing for a showdown with the public if necessary. This act of curbing the press and public discourse is not acceptable. There is already a sense of apprehension in the country. And whoever is doing it, are silenced. reminds me of 1974; BAKSAL days. The young generation is not aware of this. But I can smell and sense the actions taken at that time. Ordinary people are scared to even utter any types of criticisms of the present government. They feel that they are being watched. Everywhere the Indian intelligence is watching political opponents. Indian visibility is everywhere. We are about to lose our independence again if people do not rise up with courage.