We are an impartial organisation that is focused on deciphering fraud statements and misconceptions in Bangladesh’s socio-political environment. In a bid to do that we analyse the following:
- Statements made by public figures and politicians.
- Information that spreads through the social media.
- News items published by the mainstream media.
Our aim is to promote awareness among the general public through our journalistic skills and in the long run help them make well-informed decisions.
Fact-Watch.org is a project of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). The center was established on November 1,2017.
Our first step involves selecting the items that we believe are not thoroughly accurate. We go through news bulletins, viral posts on the social media, talk shows on television, speeches of politicians and public persons and press releases. The selected material is then gauged and analysed with precision.
Our research is done with the help of various tools that are available online and also through supporting materials that we receive through various trustworthy, non-anonymous sources. If we feel that the material is true, we either drop it or send it to our editors for converting it into an article. This is of course based on the news value of the selected material.
If we feel that the selected material is not completely true, we collect the evidence to the best of our ability and forward the details to our editors. Our editors then produce articles both in Bengali and English before publishing it on the website.
If there’s new information in the public domain which suggests that our article requires correction, we immediately analyse the new piece of information and make corrections if required.
Fact-Watch.org received a grant of 25,000 USD from the American Center in Dhaka.
Sumon Rahman is Professor of Media Studies and Journalism and Director of the Office of Faculty Research at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He has a PhD in Cultural Studies from the University of Queensland, Australia. Professor Rahman has widely published in the fields of popular culture, cultural studies and literary studies. Apart from that, he is also author of a number of fictions.
Karim has six years experience in the field of Journalism and three years experience in teaching. He teaches courses specialised in journalism in the Media Studies and Journalism department of the University of Liberal Arts . He has also been affiliated with The Daily Star, Bangladesh’s leading English daily since 2012. He has written for The Indian Express, Firstpost and various other South Asian media organisations.
Kashfia is a relative rookie in the field of academia, with only one and a half years of teaching experience under her belt. She has several years of experience working in the media, first as a lifestyle and fashion journalist with ICE Today, and then later as an Assistant Editor for the art magazine Jamini and the literary journal Six Seasons. She worked with Bengal Publications and Bengal Foundation before switching out of the industry into academia. Her areas of research interest are culture, art, digital media, pop culture and fan and audience behaviour.
Mahmudunnabi is a Senior Lecturer of Media Studies and Journalism at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. He is also an adviser to ULAB TV. Prior to joining ULAB, he worked for various media at home and abroad including Independent TV and NTV for more than 10 years. He also taught courses as a part-time faculty in the University of Dhaka. His MA dissertation at the University of Leeds has been published as a book titled “Objective Journalism-myth or reality? A comparative study of the BBC and the AJE online reports.” He has several more academic publications to his credit.
S M Rezaul Karim, Bangla
Rezaul is an anthropologist turned into a writer and new media explorer. He is experienced in news/literary editing, teaching and creating interactive online applications.
Md Tajul Islam
He is currently studying Journalism at the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh. Loves to write and edit videos.
Kazi Razib Ahmed
Having 9 years experienced in the field of Software Development, Web Development and Networking, Kazi Razib Ahmed is working as a Web Administrator of ULAB and Web Manager of fact-watch.org project. He did his B.Sc. in Computer Science and Engineering and MBA from Independent University Bangladesh(IUB). He also worked as a Project Manager for a software company. In his leisure time, he enjoys to play guitar. He is also engaged with a Metal band called SENTINELS as the vocals and the guitarist.