Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Subcontinent

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

The Subcontinent

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World Bank Report Provokes journalists

The March 22 Arab News reported that a group of Bangladeshi journalists were threatening to boycott future publications by the World Bank in protest of a report the organization issued stating that the journalists "are easily bribed, while some extort money by threatening to write unfavorable stories." In addition to their dishonesty, the report continued, "journalists are poorly trained in the art of investigative reporting." The journalists in question were not pleased with the report, and issued the following statement: "We strongly protest the World Bank report and demand its immediate withdrawal, otherwise we would be compelled to boycott it." The report wasn't all negative, however, as it did mention the "significant role" of the Bangladeshi press in promoting free speech and national debate in a nation often criticized for its treatment of daring journalists-- 12 of whom have been killed and dozens wounded in the last 10 years.

Gujarat Muslims Hit on All Fronts

Anonymous pamphlets circulated throughout the Indian state of Gujarat urged Hindus to participate in an economic boycott of all things Muslim, reported the March 22 Arab News. …

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