Matiur Rahman (journalist)

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Matiur Rahman
Matiur Rahman 2009.jpg
Rahman in 2009
Born (1946-01-02) 2 January 1946 (age 72)
Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Occupation Journalist, editor
Years active Since 1970
Spouse(s) Maleka Begum
Awards Ramon Magsaysay Award

Matiur Rahman (born 2 January 1946)[1] is the editor of Daily Prothom Alo, the second largest[2] circulated Bengali language daily in Bangladesh. He is the recipient of the 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award in the journalism, literature and creative communication arts category.[3][4][5]

Early life

Rahman was born 2 January 1946 in Calcutta to Mohammed Fazlur Rahman, a lawyer, and Lutfunessa Begum.[3] For his secondary education, he attended Nawabpur Government High School and then Dhaka Government College. For his higher education, he attended the University of Dhaka and earned his master's degree in statistics in 1967. While a student, he became a Marxist and was a student leader in East Pakistan Student Union. Later, he was secretly a member of Communist Party of Bangladesh while it was still outlawed.

Career

Rahman entered journalism in 1970 when he became the editor of Ekota, a socialist weekly. For five years during the 1970s, he also published the Bangladesh edition of the journal World Marxist Review. He left that position after 21 years and after the fall of the East Bloc.[5] After he left Ekota, he worked as a journalist for Ajker Kagoj, which was Bangladesh's first modern[clarification needed] newspaper. In February 1992, he partnered with others to found Bhorer Kagoj, which he edited for the next six years. After Saber Hossain Chowdhury joined the cabinet of the Awami League government, Rahman felt pressured to shape the newspaper's stance in accordance with the ruling party and this led to his resignation.[3] In 1998, he founded Prothom Alo, a daily newspaper.[5]

On 12 February 2013, Rahman was wounded from broken glass while in his car when Jamaat-Shibir workers were rioting and vandalising cars.[6][7]

References

  1. ^ "Daily Star honours 25 scholars, nation builders". The Daily Star. 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2018-07-18. 
  2. ^ Staff Correspondent. "Standards to be set for talk shows". thedailystar.net. The Daily Star. Retrieved 7 December 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "Matiur Rahman" (PDF). Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. Retrieved 21 April 2013. 
  4. ^ "Citation for Matiur Rahman". Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. 
  5. ^ a b c "Bangladesh through Matiur Rahman of Prothom Alo's eyes". AdGully. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Prothom Alo's editor Motiur Rahman wounded". Daily Ittefaq. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jamaat-Shibir men clash with cops". The Nation. 13 February 2013. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2013. 
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