Volume No. 11 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 399-407 October-December 2016

 

OIL SPILL OF 2014 IN SHELA RIVER IN SUNDARBAN : THE PRACTICE OF ADVOCACY JOURNALISM IN BANGLADESHI MEDIA

 

Abdus S. S.1, Md. Ahmed P. M. U. 2 and Md. Shikder R.*3

1. Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, Center for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Science (CARASS), University of Dhaka (BANGLADESH)
2. Office of NTV, Dhaka (BANGLADESH)
3. Access to information (a2i) Programme, Prime Minister’s office, Dhaka (BANGLADESH)

 

Received on : September 1, 2016

 

ABSTRACT

 

Sundarban being the largest mangrove forest in the world. About 400 interconnected tidal rivers, creeks and canals flow through the Sundarban in sourthen Bangladesh . For last few years, many inland water vessels have been using a river channel named ‘Shela river’ inside the eastern part of the Sundarban for transporting goods including oil from South-Western area to other parts of Bangladesh. A severe oil spill took place following a collision between a oil tanker and a cargo vessel in the Shela river inside Sundarban on December 9, 2014 which posed a huge threat to the ecosystem of this gigantic woodland. This study aims at understanding the level of fatalities caused due to that oil leakage. In addition an effort is made in this article to analyze and understand the coverage uphold by the media on that oil spillage issue in Sundarban. The study focuses on the quantitative and qualitative treatment of news items and photography published on the issue in two major dailies in Bangladesh. The effects of this spillage on Sundarban ecosystem and human livelihood in surrounding area is also presented here. Applying a plain content analysis method this study analyzes the watchdog and advocacy role of the two highly circulated national dailies of Bangladesh : The Prothom Alo and The Daily Star on this issue. Findings of the study show that both of this news media played a great watchdog role in the aftermath of the event, although one of the newspaper, The Daily Star as such failed to come up with its advocacy role.

 

Keywords : Oil spillage, Shela river, Sundarban, Advocacy journalism, Bangladeshi media, Ecosystem

 

 

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