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Journalist Golam Faruq dies

Journalist Golam Faruq dies

Golam Faruq, managing editor of Daily Banik Barta, died last night of cardiac arrest at the age of 48. Faruq’s family was preparing to celebrate his 49th birthday at their house on Nahar Road in Mymensingh town around 8:30pm when he suddenly had a heart attack. He was rushed to Mymensingh Medical College Hospital (MMCH)...

Now certified journalists

LIKE it or not - the time is coming for us to get certified as journalists. In an attempt to tighten its grip on mass media the government seems to be driven by a blind ego that's even destroying the rationales behind issuing a certificate. The methodology for the person willing to take up journalism involves taking exams. In doing so, he needs to pass the exam and score the marks to fulfil the criteria, but the process for the...

Withdraw indecent comments

The Editors' Council has strongly condemned the indecent language used by ruling Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman against journalists. Urging Shamim to immediately withdraw his indecent comments, the council in a statement yesterday said no intimidation can create obstacles for newsmen pursuing journalism in a courageous and neutral manner. “It is beyond imagination that a common citizen can make such indecent remarks, let alone a lawmaker,” read the statement signed by Golam Sarwar, president of the council. The council, it added, believes...

Journalism jailed in Egypt

AFTER three journalists for Al-Jazeera English were sentenced for between 7 and 10 years in jail on charges of aiding terrorists and endangering national security last week, the Egyptian judiciary not only suppressed the media but also signalled that autocratic days for the country are looming at large. The judicial decision on sentencing the journalists without any political interference cannot and will not stand. This verdict in many respects hints at how the future Egypt under Mr. Al-Sisi and his...

ABM Musa (1931-2014)

Cracks in the soul

Cracks in the soul

In October 1997, ABM Musa was part of the Bangladesh prime minister's team to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Edinburgh. Sensing that there was really little for him to do, he asked me in humorous fashion, "Badrul, have you brought me to Britain to walk around, eat hamburgers and do nothing else?" He was trying to prove a point: good journalists, once they find they are suddenly free of writing, are in a state of chaos. Work keeps them going. It kept Musa, our very dear Musa Bhai, going all his life. That life, definitely a rounded one made substantive by the energy he brought into it over...

Al-Jazeera journalists to go on trial in Egypt

Al-Jazeera journalists to go on trial in Egypt

Twenty journalists, including four foreigners, are to go on trial in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. They face charges including joining and aiding a terrorist organisation, and endangering national security. Eight defendants, among them al-Jazeera's Egyptian-Canadian Cairo bureau chief Mohamed Adel Fahmy and the former BBC correspondent Peter Greste, an Australian, are held in custody. The others,...

India, Pakistan among 5 most dangerous places for journos

India, Pakistan among 5 most dangerous places for journos

One hundred and thirty-four journalists and media support staff were killed while on reporting assignments last year, most of them targeted deliberately, the London-based International News Safety Institute (INSI) said yesterday. Of these, 65 died covering armed conflicts - primarily in Syria, where 20 were killed, and Iraq, where the death total was 16...

SAGAR-RUNI MURDER

Inu regrets govt failure

Inu regrets govt failure

Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu today expressed deep regret over the government's failure to unearth the motive behind the killing of journalist couple Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi. Exactly two years into the killing, the minister said he would request the home minister in this regard. "I will talk to the home ministry to dig...

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