Mahfuz Anam

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Mahfuz Anam
Native name মাহফুজ আনাম
Born (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 65)
Mymensingh
Education Master of Arts (Economics)
Alma mater University of Dhaka
Occupation Journalist, editor and publisher
Known for Editor of The Daily Star
Parent(s) Abul Mansur Ahmed (father)
Relatives Mahbub Anam (brother)
Tahmima Anam (daughter)

Mahfuz Anam (born 18 June 1950) is an editor and publisher of The Daily Star, one of Bangladesh's English language newspapers. He is also the publisher of "Weekly 2000", a weekly newsletter and "Anandadhara", an entertainment fortnightly. He was the publisher of Prothom Alo, a Bengali daily.

Early life and career[edit]

Anam's father Abul Mansur Ahmed was a satirist and politician of Bengal. Anam completed his MA in Economics from the University of Dhaka. Subsequently, he achieved expertise in media planning and media development, from a long career as journalist, editor and publisher in Bangladesh and as a media expert for UNESCO. Today Anam is also a TV interviewer, invited to interview the Prime Minister and other highest level dignitaries. He is regularly invited to speak in regional and international forum on governance, human rights, press freedom and related issues.[1]

Anam was elected chairman of Asia News Network (ANN) for 2007 at a meeting of the board members of the organisation held in Seoul.[2]

Anam is a member of the Board of Trustees of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) alongside Sultana Kamal.[3]

Admits having run false stories fed by military-led regime[edit]

In 2016, speaking at a panel discussion on ATN News, Anam admitted to long running allegations that he collaborated with the military led caretaker government of 2007 and ran false stories fed by the military Directorate General of Forces Intelligence, aimed at character assassination of the current prime minister Sheik Hasina as well as former Prime Minister Khalida Zia. The Daily Star is widely criticised for 'backing' the army-installed government, led by former bureaucrat Fakhruddin Ahmed and armed with sweeping emergency powers to curb media and civil rights. At the initiative of the Centre for Policy Dialogue, The Daily Star and its sister Bangla-language daily Prothom Alo supported the unconstitutional government, critics say. Previously he had denied those allegations, but on this occasion he admitted it saying it was his biggest mistake. He however tried to defend himself by saying that "everyone did the same".[4]

Personal life[edit]

Anam's daughter Tahmima Anam is a writer. Her first book A Golden Age won the Best First Book winner of the 2008 Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Outspoken editor from Bangladesh", Article by Karin Bergquist, CultureBase.Net.
  2. ^ BANGLADESH: Mahfuz Anam elected ANN chairman: Daily Star editor chosen as chairman of Asia News Network, April 17, 2007 
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Transparency International Bangladesh. Retrieved 30 December 2015. 
  4. ^ Daily Star Editor Mahfuz Anam admits to publishing DGFI-fed baseless stories, BDnews24.com, 4 February 2016, retrieved 5 February 2016