Thursday, April 4, 2024

About Us

Blitz is an independent newspaper, established in 2003 for the purpose of presenting balanced coverage of events. Since inception, we have been vigorously confronting religious extremism, terrorism and militancy; denouncing antisemitism, Holocaust denial and religious hatred, and promoting interfaith harmony. It is an independent journal that has been publishing the truth under extreme adversities.

Blitz firmly believes, it is the responsibility of the state not only to protect and defend the citizen but also to create the conditions – political, social, economic, and cultural, in which all citizens may achieve their highest potential as human beings. It is committed to the principle of individual freedom.

Our slogan is – Fears None But God, meaning, we have the audacity of publishing truth against lies and bias. For years, we have been upholding this principle despite multiple forms of challenges. In today’s world of insanity and biased journalism, Blitz possibly is the only newspaper that has been boldly confronting injustice, religious bigotry, radical Islam and political Islam. For this reason, it has emerged as the most influential newspaper enjoying credibility and acceptability amongst the policymakers in the world. Because of our investigative reports, Islamist militancy groups such as Hizbut Tahrir, Hizbut Towhid, Khatmey Nabuwat Movement, etcetera were banned in Bangladesh and the West. Blitz has been the first newspaper to expose the notorious activities of Zakir Naik, a radical Islamic preacher, who has now been banned in a number of countries including Bangladesh, Canada, India, and the United Kingdom. We also are against militancy outfits such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Houthi, Boko Haram, Al Shabab etcetera.

The editor of this newspaper, Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is a multi-award-winning anti-radical Islam and anti-militancy journalist with international acclaim. He received the ‘Freedom to Write’ award in 2005 from PEN USA; the American Jewish Committee’s prestigious ‘Moral Courage Award’ in 2006; ‘Monaco Media Award’ in 2009′; ‘Key to Englewood’ (NJ) in 2009 etcetera. He has been nominated several times for the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, a competition organized annually by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development; as well as Reason Foundation’s Bastiat Prize. Shoaib Choudhury is a research scholar and a prominent counterterrorism specialist in the region. Mr. Choudhury has served as the Chief Correspondent of the Russian Itar-TASS news agency in Bangladesh for many years. He also has been writing for Canada Free Press, The Jerusalem Report, EurAsian Times, Arutz Sheva, The Organiser, OpIndia, Hindu Post, Israel Today, OZ Arab Media, American Thinker, The Rio Times, Review Nepal, Indepth News, The CatchLine, The Arabian Post, South Asia Journal, Indian Defence Review, VT Foreign Policy, Good Morning Kashmir, The Intel Drop, Indian Defence News, Pressenza, The Seoul Times and other international media outlets and newspapers. Mr. Choudhury is regularly quoted by a large number of international media outlets. He also has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, The Washington Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Jewish Week, The Haaretz, The Jerusalem Post, The Berliner Zeitung, The Outlook, The Business Standard, i24TV, VOA TV, France24 TV, Radio Moscow, The Huffington Post, The Australian, ABC Radio, Al Jazeera, Al Arabia TV, The Times of Bahrain and many other international news outlets in the world.

Commenting on Mr. Choudhury, The New York Times in its editorial said: “Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury, a Muslim editor and commentator in Bangladesh, has a rare virtue — he champions dialogue and decency in a culture hemmed in by extremism and corruption”. A version of this article appears in print on December 14, 2003, Section 4, Page 10 of the National edition with the headline: The Risks of Journalism in Bangladesh.

Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Holocaust survivor Dr Elie Wiesel termed Mr. Choudhury as “Hero of our time, a brave-heart and uncompromising crusader against religious bigotry”. Yale University as well as Hudson Institute have hosted him as the key-speaker. The United States Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has invited him on a number of occasions to get briefs about the status of religious minorities in Bangladesh.

Under the courageous and dynamic leadership of Mr. Choudhury, a team of seasoned journalists is working hard in presenting hard-hitting reports as well as analytical opinion editorials. Columnists, analysts and research scholars from around the world are contributing to this newspaper since its inception.

Blitz truly is a newspaper of international standards published from Bangladesh. It has both print and online editions.

Where do we reach?

All the contents of this newspaper are instantly crawled by Google News, Yahoo News, Bing News, Baidu News, Opera News, MSN News, AOL News, News360, DuckDuckG0, World-News Network (WN), Yandex, and other major search engines. We are regularly quoted by most of the front-ranking news outlets around the world. We also have syndication and content exchange agreements with over 750 newspapers and news agencies around the world.

Blitz has content-sharing arrangements with HTDS (Hindustan Times Digital Streaming) as well as Sputnik, SyndiGate and many newspapers and news agencies throughout the world.

Leading news agencies such as Reuters, Lexis Nexis, Philippines News Agency, United News of India, Antara News, Business Wire India, Khama Press, NewsWing, South East Asian News, News Tribe, UK Government News and others are regularly using the content of this newspaper. Blitz is quoted by a majority of international news outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Organiser, The Outlook, The Business Standard, Zee News, Republic TV, Anandabazar Patrika, The Dawn, The Hindu, NDTV, The Guardian, Times of India, Indian Express, Bangkok Post, France24 TV, Berliner Zeitung, Arutz Sheva, Jerusalem Post, Al Arabiya, Voice of America and many others. News outlets and researchers looking for references on issues related to counterterrorism regularly visit Blitz as our archive contains a large number of contents critical of terrorism, militancy, radical Islam and religious extremism.

Every month millions of readers visit the online edition of Blitz, while we print approximately 30,000 copies every Thursday. Additionally, everyday almost 39,000 people receive NEWS ALERTS via email every time whenever a news content is published.

Who are our target readers?

Blitz has already emerged as the most influential newspaper because it is read by the top policymakers around the world. Also, this newspaper is read by diplomats, teachers, students, researchers, counter-terrorism experts, civil and military officials, politicians, journalists, editors, rights activists, bloggers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, business personnel, and others.

Size of our readership

Most of the articles and reports in Blitz are read by thousands of readers from around the world. Back in 2007, members of the US Congress had recognized Blitz as the most influential newspaper in the Muslim world.

Funding Source

BLiTZ is not funded by any organization, community, political party, country, or group.

Want to contribute op-eds?

We welcome your op-eds on diversified issues.

We expect submissions to be offered exclusively to the Blitz; we do not generally publish things that have already appeared elsewhere. If you have submitted your piece to more than one media outlet, or if it has already appeared online or in print, please let us know immediately.

Also, if you have any potential conflicts of interest, please let us know that immediately. Potential conflicts might include having been paid by a third party to write the piece or writing it at someone else’s direction, having any kind of financial interest in the subject you are writing about or working for an organization that has a financial interest in the subject. If you have a conflict of interest it does not automatically mean that we would reject your piece, but we may disclose the conflict in the text or the author’s bio.

It is preferred that the text of the article be submitted in the body of the email message; if you send your piece as an attachment, it must be a Word document. Be sure to include day and evening telephone numbers and a one-line biography of the writer. The typical length of a Blitz op-ed article is 600-1,200 words. Writers can submit their views within 300 words minimum.

We make every effort to read submissions promptly, and to that end, if you haven’t received a response in three business days, you can consider that the piece has been rejected and you are free to submit it elsewhere.

Please email your op-ed to:

[email protected]

Our Team

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Editor & Publisher

Sazzad Ahmed

Managing Editor

Priyanka Choudhury

Assistant Editor

Karen Lehrman Bloch

Contributing Editor

Peter Baum

International Affaits Editor

Catherine Perez-Shakdam

Special Contributor

Tajul Islam

Special Correspondent

Robert D'costa

Graphic Designer

Ronju Sarkar

Staff Correspondent

Sheikh Md Khokan

Office Assistant

Sonjib Chandra Das

Staff Correspondent

Shahab Uddin Kabir (Rubon)

Office Assistant

Smriti Sen Gupta

Staff Correspondent

Ahadul Islam

Office Assistant

Special Contributors

Kestér Kenn Klomegâh

Dandy Koswaraputra

Edwin Black

Anita Mathur

Slavisha Batko Milacic

Barry Shaw

David Anderson

Vijaya Laxmi Tripura

Hanzalah Choudhury

Dr. Alon Ben-Meir

Bob Unruh

Valerie Sobel

Anand Sharma

Renuka Patnaik

Drago Bosnic

Dr. Sam Ben-Meir

Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin

Damsana Ranadhiran

Contributors

David Harris

Andrew E. Harrod

Daniel Greenfield

Suraiyya Aziz

Christine Douglas-Williams

Jalal Uddin Laskar

Raymond Ibrahim

Yigal Carmon

Abha Shankar

Dr. Abul Quashem Joarder

Rafiqul Ameer

Sir Frank Peters

Yaakov Ahimeir

Avrohom Simon

Nikola Mikovic

Adam Taylor

Hana Levi Julian

Levi Randolf

Mustafa Ali Noor

Victoria Lanes

Raisa Mehzabeen