The Independent, one of the oldest English dailies in Bangladesh, on Monday suspended its print edition amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The Independent editor M Shamsur Rahman, in a Facebook post, said, ‘Due to the prevailing situation stemming from Covid-19, the Independent newspaper has decided to stop its print edition from Wednesday, April 8, 2020.’
‘In view of coronavirus situation the management has decided to stop print edition of the Independent until further notice,’ the daily’s executive editor Shamim Abdullah Zahedy told New Age.
He, however, said that the Independent would remain available online and once situation improves, it would resume printing.
The Independent is the third daily in Dhaka suspending print edition after the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier, Bangla dailies Manab Zamin and Alokito Bangladesh suspended their print editions.
The Independent’s office is housed at Beximco Media Complex from where the Independent Television also operates.
An employee of Independent Television tested for COVID-19 positive last week.
Following the incident, the TV channel authorities sent its 47 employees to home quarantine.
The Independent started its journey on March 26, 1995.
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