Toufique Imrose Khalidi is a Bangladeshi journalist, news commentator and media manager. Since 2006 he has been Editor-in-Chief, Managing Director and a Board Member in the holding company (Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd) of Bangladesh’s pioneering and dominant 24/7 news provider bdnews24.com - which is also the country’s pre-eminent English-Bangla bilingual website and perhaps the world’s first internet-only national newspaper.
Educated and trained in Dhaka, Tokyo, Paris and London, Khalidi has international experience of print, broadcast and digital journalism. He has commented on politics, public policy and economic management as a leader writer. He also worked in the newsroom with the major print broadsheets as a senior editor and manager. In his broadcasting career he worked at the BBC as a producer, editor and presenter. As a reporter, he has covered a wide range of issues, ranging from business to social development, diplomacy to foreign economic relations, politics to the economy.
Since a friendly takeover of BDNEWS (and of its holding company Bangladesh News 24 Hours Ltd) and its reincarnation as bdnews24.com in June 2006, Khalidi has been at the helm of a radical transformation of the business. He introduced Bangladesh to a whole host of digital firsts, among them the first mobile news website and the first SMS-based news alerts. Khalidi’s decision to open up the site’s content to readers for free contributed to its emergence as one of South Asia’s premier ‘go to’ websites for news in the region.
Khalidi opposes the media’s direct involvement in politics and is outspoken about bdnews24.com's editorial ethics:
"We have never supported a third force outside the political process... it is the responsibility of the politicians to protect the process. And the media must be in a position to support that. Because we have a stake. A free and functioning media cannot sustain without a proper political process....Politicking is not media’s business. We do not support any media entity getting engaged in changing regimes...We do cover politics, analyse or comment on political developments but getting involved directly should not be in our scheme of things.” Speech at the Seventh Anniversary Dinner, 23 October 2013 http://bdnews24.com/bangladesh/2013/10/23/politicking-is-not-medias-business-khalidi
"Our commitment to journalism, ethics and professional standards has produced many firsts, in Bangladesh and even in the world". http://www.unicef.org/bangladesh/media_8152.htm
Khalidi's commitment to maintaining political independence and an objective stance in relation to reporting the news have been praised across the spectrum of the country's main political parties:
"I hope that they will continue their objective and unbiased news...We need media outlets like bdnews24.com to spread the ideals of democracy and free society by providing a platform for diverse opinions and multiple voices. That strengthens our democracy...I firmly believe this will carry forward the democratic process." Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message on 7th Anniversary.
"I hope this internet newspaper will carry forward its tradition of objective news coverage built up during the last seven years ." Leader of the Opposition and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a message on 7th Anniversary
Khalidi's views on the challenges faced by democratic political processes in Bangladesh are frequently sought or cited by major international bodies - including TIME, AlJazeera, Voice of America, the International Committee of the Red Cross and India's The Hindu: