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VOA’s Bangla Service celebrates 60th anniversary

Update : 26 Sep 2017, 11:55 PM
A three-day long photo exhibition to mark Voice of America Bangla Service’s 60 year journey and 75 years of Voice of America (VOA) kicked off on Tuesday in Dhaka. Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu and US Embassy Public Affairs Officer Nicholas Papp jointly inaugurated the exhibition titled ‘Many Years, Many Stories’ at EMK Centre. VOA began broadcasting in February 20, 1942 to combat Nazi propaganda with unbiased news and information, while Bangla Service began its journey on January 1, 1958. “Bangladesh is still grateful that VOA broadcast the truth about the horrific atrocities the people suffered during the Liberation War. VOA is one of the main bridges between the United States and Bangladesh. It is also particularly appreciated they are reporting on climate change, gender discrimination and other important issues around the world,” said the information minister. VOA’s Chief of Bangla language department Rokeya Haider, convener of the exhibition, also spoke at the programme. A workshop titled ‘Video journalism in the digital age: new tools and techniques’ will also be held for 30 Bangladeshi journalists today and tomorrow at the venue. The US government funded international multimedia broadcaster VOA is now providing services in 47 languages on multiple platforms, serving an estimated weekly global audience of 236.6 million.
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