Four journalists of The Daily Star today received Indigenous Affairs Journalist Award-2019 for their outstanding contribution in reporting on the country’s ethnic minority communities.
Naimul Karim secured the first position for his report titled “Indigenous Migrants: A story unheard”, published on August 17, 2018.
The report presented a story on dangerous journey of the indigenous people across the Myanmar border.
Bishakha Devnath secured second position for her report on “Battling to keep mother tongue alive: 3 Adivasi youths work online to preserve Chakma, Santal languages”, published on February 21 this year.
The report told the story of three youngsters who developed their native languages on the digital platforms to encourage members of their communities to learn and spread the use of their mother tongue across the globe.
Sanjoy Kumar Barua was awarded in special category for his report titled “Torchbearers in remote hills: Couple gives shelter, education to underprivileged indigenous girls”, which was published on October 10 last year.
Mostafa Shabuj was awarded in special category for his report titled “Trapped in uncertainty: Around 1,200 Santal families in Gaibandha yet to be rehabilitated 2 years after their houses were torched”, published on November 6 last year.
Including them, a total of 12 journalists from different media houses received the award during a ceremony at the auditorium of Bishwa Sahitya Kendra.