Sampadak Parishad has expressed its deep shock and sorrow at the untimely demise of Khandaker Muniruzzaman, one of the founding members of the Parishad.
His long years in journalism, experienced leadership and wise counsel helped the organisation stand firm on issues of press freedom and independent journalism, it said in a press release signed by the Parishad's President Mahfuz Anam and Secretary General Naem Nizam.
Muniruzzaman's life-long involvement with progressive ideals and upholding of the values of Liberation War and his unrelenting commitment to secular politics and cultural values made him a leading figure in promoting ethical journalism in the profession and democratic values in the society, the condolence message noted.
His passing away is an irreparable loss to the journalistic fraternity whose absence will deprive its younger generation from working with an editor who gave a lot and had so much more to give to the profession of journalism, it added.
Ever smiling, always warm, unrelentingly optimistic, he led a life of simplicity and ethics. He was a person of exceptional human qualities admired by all who worked with him and loved by all who knew him, the message said.