Kolkata mission slates disinformation campaign by Indian web portals

Diplomatic Correspondent | Published: 23:54, Aug 14,2020


Bangladesh deputy high commission in Kolkata on Friday condemned a disinformation campaign launched by three Indian web portals involving top Bangladesh dignitaries and institutions.

Several web portals based in India’s North Eastern region have published totally false and baseless articles and rumours against the prime minister, ministers, advisers, military and intelligence agencies of Bangladesh, the deputy high commission said in a press release.

‘We understand that these web portals, namely, and, are operated by or under the auspices of a discredited Indian journalist who has prior track record of disseminating false information about Bangladesh,’ the release said without mentioning the name of the person.

The said portals ran distorted and photo-shopped image of prime minister Sheikh Hasina and Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan in an attempt to hurt the existing friendly ties between Bangladesh and India, according to the press release.

In 2017, the same journalist published a baseless article suggesting a deadly coup and murder attempt against the prime minister of Bangladesh.

In addition, these portals have published spurious and provocative articles about Bangladesh’s military and security forces, lacking any sense of journalistic integrity, it added.

The Bangladesh mission in Kolkata condemned the disinformation campaign targeting Bangladesh and urged all concerned to disregard the false information ‘peddled by these web portals’.

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