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TIB awards journalists for investigative journalism

  • Published at 10:00 am December 9th, 2019
Distinguished guests along with the award winners at Meghomala Conference Room in TIB's Dhanmondi central office on Monday, December 9, 2019 Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

Journalists were awarded in four categories - national print media, local print media, electronic media (news) and electronic media (documentary)

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has announced the winners of Investigative Journalism Awards for this year.

A total of four awards were announced during the discussion titled "Challenge of Investigative Journalism Perspective Forcefully Media Grabbing" at the Meghomala Conference Room in TIB's Dhanmondi central office on Monday.

Journalists were awarded in four categories - national print media, local print media, electronic media (news) and electronic media (documentary).

In the national print media category, Senior Reporter Fakhrul Islam Harun of the daily Prothom Alo received the award for his report titled "Transaction of bribe in Titas Gas per kg", while eight reporters of Daily Gramer Kagoj jointly won in the local print media category.

In the electronic media category (TV report), Channel 24’s Iqbal Ahsan won the prize while Maasranga Television’s Gauri Sen won the award in the electronic media category (TV documentary).

Addressing the event, Professor of English at Dhaka University and writer, Syed Manzoorul Islam said: "All journalists are investigative journalists. But due to adverse circumstances, investigative journalism had to be specialized." 

Echoing the same, TIB's Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman, also the moderator of the event, said: "Some [journalists] are compromising for the sake of survival. We must work to survive but we cannot be compromise with our core duties. 

"There is still a lot of potential in the field of journalism. We need to discuss on how we can develop that potential."

Sheikh Manjur-e-Alam, outreach and communication director of TIB, presented the keynote paper during the program.

The esteemed panel of judges included, Afsan Chowdhury, senior journalist and researcher, Julfikar Ali Manik, New York Times representative for Bangladesh, and Qurratul-Ain-Tahmina, consultant (news) of daily Prothom Alo.

Among others, Geeti Ara Nasreen, professor of the department of mass communication and journalism at Dhaka University, Shakil Ahmed, Ekattor Television's chief of news, Hasibur Rahman, executive director of Management and Resources Development Initiative (MRDI), and Dhaka Tribune Executive Editor Reaz Ahmed spoke on the occasion.

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