Mahfuz Anam

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Mahfuz Anam
Native name মাহফুজ আনাম
Born (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 65)
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 regarded[according to whom?] a notable 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]

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.


  1. ^ "Outspoken editor from Bangladesh", Article by Karin Bergquist, CultureBase.Net.
  2. ^ "Mahfuz Anam elected ANN chairman", AsiaMedia, April 17, 2007.
  3. ^ "Board of Trustees". Transparency International Bangladesh. Retrieved 2 March 2013.