Bangladesh Ruling Party Mobilizes Online Propaganda Army to Target Next Election

The ruling Awami League in Bangladesh has started training tens of thousands of cadres to wage a propaganda war on social media in preparation for the next general election, which is more than two years away, ruling party officials said.

The party was working to create a platform of 100,000 “online activists to prevent rumors and propaganda” on social media sites ahead of the polls, said Md. Abdus Sabur, secretary of the Awami League’s science and technology affairs subcommittee, who is heading the effort.

“We started the move in January this year. One and a half more years are needed to fulfill our target. We are working under the instructions of our party chief and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, and Sajeeb Wazed, her information and technology advisor,” Sabur told BenarNews.

Wazed is Hasina’s only son. The 12th parliamentary election is likely to be held at the end of 2023 or in early 2024.

Sabur said the Awami League (AL) had already trained around 30,000 online activists across the country, who have begun work.

“Opposition activists use social media platforms to embarrass the government and confuse the common people, especially as the election is nearing,” Sabur said, adding that was why AL decided to take action.

“They are using this tactic because they do not have people to engage in street movements.”