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Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd Logo.png
TypeOnline newspaper
FormatMobile & Web
Owner(s)Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd.
  • Toufique Imrose Khalidi
  • Asif Mahmood
PublisherToufique Imrose Khalidi on behalf of Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd
Editor-in-chiefToufique Imrose Khalidi
News editorArun Devnath, Jahidul Kabir, Monirul Islam
Founded2005; 18 years ago (2005)
LanguageEnglish and Bengali
HeadquartersRed Crescent Concord Tower, Dhaka, Bangladesh is an English and Bengali language news website of Bangladesh.


In 2005, the company launched initially as the country's first exclusively web-based news agency, and was known as BDNEWS.[1] The website developed by Ahmed Yasir Riad (2005-2013) was Bangladesh's first 24/7 bilingual news web portal.[citation needed] The other two national news agencies at the time were the state-owned Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) and the privately owned United News of Bangladesh (UNB), which at the time were teleprinter-based "wire services".[citation needed] Following a take-over in mid-2006 at the agency's holding company Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd, ownership is vested between two sole board directors: Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief Toufique Imrose Khalidi, and Chair of the company Asif Mahmood.[citation needed]

In October 2006, relaunched as Bangladesh's first free online newspaper developed by Yasir, and was rebranded as Editor-in-Chief Khalidi is a journalist and former BBC broadcaster.[2] On 28 May 2012 the office of was attacked by men with machetes injuring three journalists.[3][4]

Website block[edit]

In June 2018, was blocked without explanation by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).[5][6] After several hours, the BTRC unblocked the website. According to the chairman of the BTRC, the site had "added some objectionable comments in one of their news items". The item was not identified by the BTRC, but other sources reported that it was about General Aziz Ahmed's appointment as army chief of staff.[7]


  1. ^ "সংবাদ সংস্থা - বাংলাপিডিয়া". (in Bengali). Retrieved 25 March 2022.
  2. ^ "Release Mahmudur". The Daily Star. 6 June 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Journalists repeatedly attacked in police reprisals against media". Reporters without borders (in French). 30 May 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  4. ^ "6-day ultimatum given to arrest attackers". The Daily Star. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2018.
  5. ^ " blcked". The Daily Star. 18 June 2018. Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  6. ^ "Is Bangladesh's media freedom deteriorating?". Deutsche Welle. 27 July 2018. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  7. ^ "BTRC reopened bdnews24 website". Benarnews. Retrieved 20 June 2018.

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