News visual of a dead body shocks me as a journalist

From Dhaka’s Adabar Area, police recovered the dead body of a five-year old boy, Samiul Azim, the only child of textile chemical supplier AR Azam. 

Samiul was a student of Greenwoods Kindergarten School who used to live in a flat on the fourth floor of a six-storied building on Road-8 of Naboday Housing in Adabar.

The kid was missing for two days. Two street children first saw the body, stuffed in a sack on the road. Hearing their screaming, locals rushed to the spot to find the freezing cold body.

Hapless Samiul was strangled to death and then put inside the refrigerator of his own house, said the police and morgue sources.

In preliminary interrogation, Samiul’s mother, Humayra confessed having an extramarital relationship with Arif, who she alleged masterminded the killing, said the Officer in Charge of Adabar police station.

Samiul’s knowing about their relationship and getting in the way of their plan to elope might have cost him his life, added the police officer.

As I was very anxious about the kid, I was going through every news media. Yesterday (25th June, 2010), I found a news report on a local privately-owned TV, where they had shown the brutal images of Samiul with the detailed story. I don’t have the video for sharing. Even if I had, I wouldn’t have done that. 

The three-second image of the dead body was pathetic that I took my eyes off the screen. I was thinking Bangladeshi media is becoming so fanatic about getting popular, catching more eyes. Showing that image would give them a chance to move one step forward- perhaps that was their misconception.

Later, I shared my status on Facebook

A five-year old boy was missing for couple of days in Dhaka, which made news headlines. Yesterday his dead body was found on a street inside a sack. A television station in Dhaka showed the poor kid’s body on their screen. Does this fall under any journalistic ethics- showing such brutal images? Or, is this the way to catch audience i.e. gain popularity?

In reply to my status, my good-old friend and my online journalism trainer, Thorsten Karg (Project Manager, DW-Akademie) replied to let the people of the world show how we should deal these kinds of stories. Our journalists should have had this very primary basics of journalistic ethics. But, I found it missing.

It’s sensationalism. Shouldn’t be shown. There’s no need for the public to see the dead body – it’s enough to run the story without showing that picture, which might be traumatising for some viewers. Also shouldn’t be shown out of respect for the boy and his family.

That’s how Thorsten replied and right it was. Nonetheless, we’ve already lost the kid and we mourn for the innocent. And, I really hope that in future our media stations will learn something about the implementation of journalism in the country. Meanwhile, police arrested Humayra and are in search of Arif. And, I strongly appeal for the right judgment. Rest in peace, Samiul. 


News visual of a dead body shocks me as a journalist

German memories all over my brain

I’ve been to Germany for almost a month. My station was in Bonn. I was there to attend a workshop on Online journalism and Web 2.0, organized by DW Akademie at the DW headquarters in Bonn.

I went to other places of Germany and felt like flying most of the time and thought of Joe Satriani’s ‘Flying in a Blue Dream’.

Please follow the link below for some historical photographs of Germany:

The path to German unity

I hope you’d like the photos.

German memories all over my brain

When posterous was our technical blog system

The link below isn’t a technical one but is the consequence of a workshop on online journalism. ‘Posterous’ sounds so technical in my ears. Wanted to share our blog which we did in Bonn at the DW headquarters.

You’ll find interesting articles, soundslides, images, videos, i.e. multimedia journalism inside the blog. You will also find information on the participants who took part in the workshop.

Have a look on our blog, “Made in Germany”. For your kind notice, you’ll find posterous as our technical blog system inside Made in Germany blog. Enjoy and drop your critical review.  

Online journalism & web 2.0

When posterous was our technical blog system

Radio knocks my conscience as a TV guy

My grandmother brought out a radio from her almira. I was prying about this machine. She got it as a present from my cousin who works in a local radio station in Bangladesh as a news presenter.

I started changing the bands. Started listening to some climate change issue-based programmes on BBC Bangla service. Tried really hard to tune DW radio (Either Bangla or English), then failed to tune any language service from DW. I hope there’ll be some solution in the future to my problem.

Really enjoyed my time though with this little machine. During my childhood, I used to listen to radio a lot, but now a days, being a modified television guy, I became quite obfuscated with the tracks and trends of this technological life; only then, I went on to discover the technological divide, if it’s the right way to proclaim the valid truth.

I’ll listen to it every time I’m having my dinner at home and will keep on trying to tune DW radio service.

Radio knocks my conscience as a TV guy

Web journalism workshop starts in Macau

Asian journalists are in Macau to learn journalistic craftsmanship of online journalism

Asian journalists have arrived in Macau. They are participating in the regional workshop on online journalism.  Organizers as well as the participants expect the workshop will be a  success.

Deutsche Welle’s DW-Akademie, Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) and television network of Macau, Teledifusao de Macau (TDM) have jointly started the regional workshop on web journalism in Macau on 4th of May, 2009.

This three-week long workshop is being held at the Institute for Tourism Studies, situated in Colina de Mong ha. All the participants in the workshop are from Asian countries.

Nine Asian journalists, having different backgrounds with mixed talents and ideas, are making the workshop lively. They have reached here from eight different Asian countries.

Love for Asia

The workshop certainly is not about internet technology and contains many writing exercises for the web. It mainly focuses on the role and responsibility of the online journalists and improving their  journalistic skills. It also focuses on Web 2.0 which includes blogs, podcasts and user-generated contents. Journalists, attending the workshop, will be able to learn the peculiarities and challenges of online journalism. More importantly, they would become even more sound in identifying their target audience for whom they will write for.

Thorsten Karg says he enjoys to see 'interactivity' among the participants

According to Thorsten Karg, the Programme Manager and Trainer of the workshop, “It has been very much interactive so far. I love to look into their eyes, on their faces and how they interact among each other.”

“Personally, I love Asia very much”

Thorsten Karg, Programme Manager, DW-Akademie

“We live in online journalism and such kinds of trainings should be organized very often in Asian region”, says Ljubomir P. Gatdula who is the News Reporter from Philippines Broadcasting Service  and is one of the participants. “Journalists should be aware about the usages of web journalism and it is important to have basic knowledge and skills about how to write and use the news articles in online journalism”, he says.

“Personally, I love Asia very much”,  says Thorsten while sharing his experience of working with the participants. He believes journalists’ task is to give clear information in simple language with accuracy, neutrality and objectivity. Other predominant requirements for journalism are independence, honesty, credibility and above all, commitment to the truth.

“Use of internet is growing fast in Asia”

Kyle James, Media Trainer, DW-Akademie

Fast growth of the web

At this advanced age of electronic media, besides radio and television, people are also getting interested in internet all over the world.  In Asia, the story is on the part of positive upswing, as well.  Kyle James who is the Media Trainer of DW-Akademie and is also one of the two trainers of the workshop,  welcomes this change.

“Use of internet is growing fast in Asia and younger generations are taking more interest in getting news and other information from the web”,  he  points out. “For example, the growth of internet usage in India has increased drastically for the past couple of years and people are turning toward the internet “, he adds. It only indicates that the web offers access to a varied of information from many different resources and the audience expectation from online news has increased to great extent.

Rare opportunity

Participants are expecting a lot from the workshop. Vietnamese participant, Hanh who teaches English at the College of Broadcasting and Television 1 feels it’s a great experience for her to learn so many new things of online journalism. “Web journalism is new and it is also important for the radio, television and print journalists to know about it”,  she says. “When I’ll return home, I will share my experience with my students so that they can learn as well.”

One of the co-organizers, AIBD is proud to be the part of this workshop which has stepped into its second week already.  IT Programme Mangaer, Le Yee Mon Lisa  feels Macau is the ideal venue for this workshop.  She believes it’s a rare opportunity for the mid-level journalists to gather a lot of experience from this workshop . “It’s also for the participants to attend the Asia Media Summit in Macau at the  end of the workshop”, she adds.

Journalistic craftsmanship will be the foremost focus of the workshop. Discussion on many new aspects of online journalism will continue until the 22nd May, 2009 when the workshop will end.


comSCORE (A leader in measuring the digital world)

Global internet audience surpasses one billion visitors (23 January, 2009)

AIBD (AIBD’s objective is to promote media professionalism in electronic media in Asia and the Pacific region.)

AIBD/DW-Akademie Regional Workshop on Web Journalism (13 January, 2009)

Deutsche Welle

DW-Akademie promoting media development (6 June, 2007)

Web journalism workshop starts in Macau