Yesterday was the 13th death anniversary of prominent journalist Obaidul Huq, says a press release.
On that day in 2007, he breathed his last at his Banani residence. He was 96. Obaidul Huq was the editor of the Bangladesh Observer for 12 years since 1972.
Born on October 31, 1911 in Feni, he obtained his masters in philosophy from Dhaka University and completed LLB from Calcutta University. In 1944, he joined the film world. He was the first Bangalee Muslim to make a feature film "Dukkhhe Jader Jibon Gora" in 1946. He was its writer, producer and director.
After the partition of India, he returned to the then East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) from Calcutta. He joined the editorial board of the Pakistan Observer (later The Bangladesh Observer) in 1951 as joint editor.
After leaving The Bangladesh Observer, Obaidul Huq was editor of now-defunct The Daily News.
He was the chairman of Press Institute of Bangladesh and chairman of Dainik Bangla and Bangladesh Times Trustee Board. He was also chairman of Nazrul Institute.
Obaidul Huq was awarded the Ekushey Padak in 1983, and Bangla Academy Award in 1964 for drama writing. He also received the Unicef Gold Medal for journalism.