Amod (newspaper)

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Weekly Amod
Type Weekly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founder(s) Mohammed Fazle Rabbi (founding editor)
Publisher Bakin Rabbi
Editor Shamsun Nehar Rabbi
Editor-in-chief Bakin Rabbi
Founded 5 May 1955
Language Bengali
Headquarters Chowdury Para
Comilla, Bangladesh

Amod is a Bengali weekly newspaper published in Comilla, Bangladesh.[1] The long-running community newspaper claims to be the oldest weekly newspaper in the country as it has been published since 5 May 1955.[2][3]


Mohammed Fazle Rabbi, who died 28 November 1994, was the founder editor of Amod.[4] Journalists who worked under him were Taheruddin Thakur, Anil Karmaker, and Mobarak Hossain Khan. The newspaper is operated by Rabbi's wife, Shamsun Nehar Rabbi,[5] and son, Bakin Rabbi, who is the printer, publisher and editor-in-chief.[3]

Comilla market[edit]

Although the Weekly Amod has faced competition from other weeklies, Mohammed Fazle Rabbi believed his first serious competitor was the Comilla's first daily newspaper Rupashi Bangla, which started in 1979.[6]

Recognition within Asia[edit]

Weekly Amod was recognized in 1985 by UNESCO after three decades of publishing news.[6][3] The Amod continues to remain competitive. Crispin C. Maslog in the book 5 Successful Asian Community Newspapers writes, "Amod continues to be the leading community newspaper in Comilla because it has been a steady, reliable source of information and the mouthpiece for community opinion in the past three decades."[6] Others say it is the long run of the newspaper that has given it a special authority within the Comilla community.[7]


  1. ^ Benn's Media Directory: International. 135-136. Benn Business Information Services. 1988. p. 420. 
  2. ^ Gunaratne, Shelton A. (2000). Handbook of the media in Asia. Sage Publications. p. 52. ISBN 0761994270. 
  3. ^ a b c "About Us". Amod. Retrieved 2009-08-03. 
  4. ^ Bangladesh, Ministry of Cabinet Affairs, Establishment Division (1977). Bangladesh District Gazetteers. 14. Bangladesh Government Press. 
  5. ^ "Bangladesh: Women's Day observed". Comilla: Right Vision News. March 13, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c Maslog, Crispin C. (1985). 5 Successful Asian Community Newspapers. United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, Asian Mass Communication Research and Information Centre. pp. 2–4. 
  7. ^ Presentations, South and South-East Asia Media Assmebly [sic] for people-to-people understanding. National Media Centre. 1989.