This paper considers the uses of television in the June 1996 elections of Bangladesh. It is predicated on the assumption that the reach of television in a poor country like Bangladesh is much greater than statistics on access and ownership suggest. Historically, state‐owned television has been perceived as a tool for state‐sponsored propaganda. Yet the interim caretaker government actively utilized television and other media as fora for the construction and promotion of the rights of citizens (especially women) in a civil society. The paper suggests that television might emerge as a possible space for the expansion of public sphere discourse.
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