Bashundhara Media Award
A big boost to journalism
Peoples Time Desk
The country’s journalist community has received a big boost to their profession as Bashundhara Group gave awards to 75 journalists through a gala ceremony at International Convention City Bashundhara (ICCB) in the capital on Monday.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan inaugurated the function while Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud was present as the chief guest.
Bangladesh Press Council Chairman Justice Nizamul Haque Nassim and Head of Bashundhara Media Award Jury Board Prof Golam Rahman were present as special guests.
Bashundhara Media Award 2021 Organising Committee Chairman and Bashundhara Group Managing Director Sayem Sobhan Anvir chaired the function.
Bashundhara Group introduced ‘Bashundhara Media Award 2021’, the first of its kind in the country, to encourage journalists to be fearless in speaking out against all kinds of corruption and irregularities.
Eleven journalists were given awards for their in-depth investigative reports under five categories through the gala ceremony.
Besides this, Bashundhara Group honoured some 64 dedicated journalists, each from every district, for their immense contributions to grassroots journalism.
Journalists have been treading on dark routes to uncover crucial facts through innovative investigative methods, braving life threats and other odds in the interest of the country and its people.
The grassroots media persons are also performing their duties, crossing a sea of hurdles and skipping the red eyes of politicians, administration, goons and other wrongdoers.
The awards were given to the journalists, recognising their works so that they can find a boost to fearless journalism.
With the participation of veteran and young journalists, the award programme turned into a reunion of newsmakers.
Besides, ministers, MPs, politicians, lawyers, bureaucrats, intellectuals, businessmen, diplomats, celebrities of different sectors and other eminent personalities of different professions graced the event.
The main attractions of the gala ceremony were the journalists who were selected to get the Bashundhara Media Award 2021 for their fearless investigative reports.
Ahmed Ishtiaq of The Daily Star, Kawser Soheli of Maasranga Television, Salauddin Jasim of Jagonews24.com got the award in Liberation War category while Shoeb Chowdhury of Dainik Desrupantor (Habiganj district correspondent), Jannatul Ferdousi of GTV and Jesmin Papri of Newsbangla24.com (freelancer) received the awards for crime and corruption related reports.
Rajib Ahamod of Dainik Samakal, Shawkat Sagor of Ananda Television, Adnan Rahman of Dhaka Post got awards for reports on women and children affairs while Dipu Malakar of Prothom Alo and Mazaharul Islam of Maasranga Television received the awards for photography and investigative documentary respectively.
Each winner received a check of Tk 250,000, a crest and a certificate.
Inaugurating the gala event, Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan called upon journalists to play their due role in a fight against violence, money laundering, corruption and drug abuse.
Urging the journalists to call a spade a spade, he said, “Journalists should not focus on only on negative stories rather they should depict the tales of development, advancement and achievements of the country.”
The Bashundhara Group chairman also announced that they will give award to 25 journalists of the country next year and every winner will get Tk 10 lakh.
While addressing the programme as the chief guest, Dr Hasan Mahmud highly praised the Bashundhara Group for the great initiative of honouring journalists.
“Bashundhara Group has not only given awards to journalists but also showed respects to the media industry. The journalists are leading the society through opening third eye,” the Information and Broadcasting minister said.
Describing different steps of his government in flourishing media and ensuring rights of the journalists, the minister said that they are formulating a new law to make sure job security of journalists.
Head of the Jury Board of Bashundhara Media Award 2021 Prof Golam Rahman thanked those who have been working for the betterment of the quality of journalism and who have been presenting the news to the people honestly.
“I believe that today they will get more strength through this programme and we will move towards more improvement in the future,” he said.
In his speech as the special guest, Bangladesh Press Council Chairman Justice Nizamul Haque Nassim said journalism in Bangladesh is a challenging task and those who are doing this work with utmost sincerity should be appreciated.
“This award programme will boost the fearless investigative journalists. It will inspire them to do more good works and enhance the standard of journalism. I thank Bashundhara Group for taking this initiative,” he said.
Addressing the programme on behalf of the grassroots journalists, veteran journalist Ranesh Maitra demanded cancellation of the Digital Security Act to allow journalists work freely.
He said, “Doing journalism in grassroots level is always a difficult job as the same reporter needs to cover events of all beats. Despite their hard works, these journalists often remain unrecognised. I thank Bashundhara Group for honouring us.”
Numerous politicians, jurists, intellectuals, government officials, diplomats, celebrities and eminent personalities attended the programme to celebrate the fearless brand of journalism.
Ambassador of Japan Ito Naoki, Ambassador of Korea Lee Jang-keun, CDA of Nepal, DCM of Thailand, Morocco and seinior diplomats from Russia, Japan, Korea, Nepal, Thailand and others attended the programme.
Dhaka North City Corporation Mayor Atikul Islam, BNP’s south city convener Md Abdus Salam, BSMMU vice-chancellor Prof Dr Md Sharfuddin Ahmed, RMU vice-chancellor Dr AZM Moshtaque Hossain, Managing Director of Dhaka WASA Taqsem A Khan attended the programme.
DMP Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam, SB Chief Additional IGP Md Monirul Islam, Payra Port Authority Chairman Rear Admiral Mohammad Sohail, DMP Additional Commissioner Krishna Pad Roy, CTTC Chief Additional Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman, Additional IGP and Anti-Terrorism Unit Chief Kamrul Ahsan, CTTC Additional Commissioner Md Elias Sharif, SB DIG AZM Nafiul Islam, RAB-4 Commander DIG Md Mozammel Haque, RAB-1 Commander Lt Col Abdullah Al Momen, RAB Intelligence Director Lt Col Md Mashiur Rahman, RAB Legal and Media wing Director Commander Khandaker Al Moin, DMP DIG Mohammad Harun-ur-Rashid, DMP DIG Syed Nurul Islam, Naval Police DIG Mollah Nazrul Islam, DMP DC (Media) Md Faruk Hossain, DMP Motijheel Division DC Md Abdul Ahad, DMP Gulshan Division DC Md Asaduzzaman and Commander of the Navy Mufti Mahmud Khan.
Popular film actor Ferdous Ahmed and actress Sobnom Yesmine Bubly anchored the programme.
One of the major features of event was to honour the journalists who have dedicated their entire life to strengthen the base of grassroots journalism across the country.
The 64 dedicated journalists were honoured for enriching grassroots journalism across the country.
They each received cash Tk 1 lakh, crest, certificate and scarves at the award ceremony. Their names and districts are given bellow:
Award recipients from Rajshahi division are Md Taibur Rahman of Rajshahi, Md Taslim Uddin of Chapainawabganj, SM Manzur ul Hasan of Natore, Ranesh Maitra of Pabna, Rafiqul Alam Khan of Sirajganj, Asadul Islam Asad of Joypurhat, Md Nabir Uddin of Naogaon and ASM Khabirul Haque (Samudra Haq) of Bogura.
Award recipients from Rangpur division are SM Shafiqul Islam of Lalmonirhat, Md Shahabuddin of Kurigram, Md Abdul Latif of Thakurgaon, Sadrul Alam Dulu of Rangpur, Amir Khasru Lablu of Panchagarh, Chitta Ghosh of Dinajpur, Md Shamsul Islam of Nilphamari and Gobindlal Das of Gaibandha.
Award recipients from Mymensingh division are AAK Mahmudul Hasan Dara of Jamalpur, Abdur Razzak of Mymensingh, Md Abdus Salam of Netrokona and Sushil Malakar of Sherpur.
Award recipients from Dhaka division are Md Shafiq Chowdhury of Dhaka district, Hafizur Rahman Mintu of Narayanganj, Rashid Ahmed of Munshiganj, Nibaran Chandra Roy of Narsingdi, Subir Basak of Kishoreganj, Saifuddin Ahmed Nannu of Manikganj, Mohammad Sanaullah of Rajbari, SM Shahjahan Khan of Faridpur, Abdus Samad Talukder of Shariatpur, Durlov Biswas of Tangail and Md Nazrul Islam Badami of Gazipur.
Award recipients from Khulna division are ABM Mosharraf Hussain of Bagerhat, Kamrul Arefin of Chuadanga, Prof Mosiul Azam of Jashore, Bimal Kumar Saha of Jhenaidah, Faruk Ahmed of Magura, Kazi Motahar Rahman of Khulna, Chowdhury Subhash Chandra of Satkhira, Bhakta Sarkar of Narail, Tozammel Azam of Meherpur and Abdur Rashid Chowdhury of Kushtia.
Award recipients from Chattogram division are Nasir Uddin Chowdhury from Chattogram district, Abul Hasanat Babul from Cumilla, Osman Harun Mahmud from Feni, Md Arju Mia from Brahmanbaria, AKM Moksud Ahmed of Rangamati, AKM Jubayer of Noakhali, Golam Kibria of Chandpur, Hossain Ahmed Helal of Lakshmipur, Priyatosh Pal Pintu of Cox’s Bazar, Tarun Kumar Bhattacharya of Khagrachhari and Priyadarshi Barua of Bandarban.
Award recipients from Barishal division are Manabendra Batbal of Barishal district, Manik Roy of Jhalokathi, Amirul Islam of Patuakhali, Mahmud Hossain Shukur of Pirojpur, M Habibur Rahman of Bhola and Chittaranjan Shil of Barguna.
Award recipients from Sylhet division are Abdul Malik Chowdhury of Sylhet district, Ahmed Siraj of Moulvibazar, Chowdhury Fazle Nur Ismat of Habiganj and Md Iqbal Hossain Kagoji of Sunamganj.