Mainul Hosein

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Mainul Hosein
মইনুল হোসেন
Law, Information and Land Advisor
In office
14 January 2007 – 8 January 2008
Prime MinisterFakhruddin Ahmed
Preceded byMd. Fazlul Haque
Succeeded byA F Hasan Arif
Member of Parliament
In office
March 1973 – May 1975
Preceded byPosition established
Personal details
Political partyBangladesh Awami League
FatherTofazzal Hossain Manik Miah
RelativesAnwar Hossain Manju (brother)
Alma materUniversity of Dhaka
Middle Temple
OccupationLawyer, printer and publisher of The New Nation

Mainul Hosein is a Bangladeshi lawyer and the publisher of the daily newspaper The New Nation.[1] He is the former chairman of the editorial board of The Daily Ittefaq, whose building was shelled and completely demolished on 25 March 1971 by Pakistan Army. He served as the law, information and land advisor to the immediate past interim Government of Bangladesh during January 2007 – January 2008.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Hosein was born to journalist Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah.[3] He earned his bachelor's in political science from the University of Dhaka in 1961.[4] He joined Middle Temple to study law. He was called to the Bar in 1965 and became a Barrister-at-Law.[4]


Hosein was elected to the parliament in 1973 from Pirojpur constituency as a member of Bangladesh Awami League.[4] He resigned from the parliament in May 1975 after the then President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman instituted one-party system of government through the Fourth Amendment to the constitution.[4]

Hosein joined the Democratic League party, led by Khondaker Moshtaq Ahmad in 1976 WELL AFTER Moshtaq was ousted from power on November 6 of 1975, he was subsequently jailed for three months by Major General Ziaur Rahman.[4]

Hosein served as the president of Bangladesh Sangbadpatra Parishad, an association of newspaper owners. He was elected the president of Bangladesh Supreme Court Bar Association for the term 2000–2001.[4]


In October 2018, Hosein was arrested as part of a political drive against the dissident publisher in a defamation case filed by a third party with a Rangpur court.[5] Earlier Masuda Bhatti, acting editor of Dainik Amader Notun Somoy, filed charges against Husein for hurling abusive words at her and termed her "characterless" at the live talk show, Ekattor Journal, on government backed Ekattor TV.[6] Mainul did get bail in the case filed by Ms. Bhatti but later, his bail petition on cases filed by unrelated parties, a Dhaka Court sent Hosein to jail.[7][8]

Masuda Bhatti, was subsequently found to have filed false documents to the UK authorities to gain asylum which was corroborated by renowned Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasrin.

Role in the 2007 caretaker government[edit]

Hosein joined the caretaker government as the law, information and land advisor on 14 January 2007.[9] He was forced to resign from the government on 8 January 2008.[4]

The Daily Ittefaq[edit]

After the death of Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah on 1 June 1969, the two sons, Hosein and Anwar Hossain Manju took charge of the management of The Daily Ittefaq.[10] Bangladesh government banned all the newspapers except the government-run newspapers, the Bangladesh Observer and the Dainik Bangla, via the News Paper Cancellation Act on 16 June 1975. It also took over the publication of The Daily Ittefaq and the Bangladesh Times. Following the assassination of Sheikh Mujib and members of his family in a bloody and brutal coup by anti-liberation forces, the private newspapers including The Daily Ittefaq was returned to its owners on 24 August 1975. In May 2010, an agreement was signed between the two brothers, which gave ownership of Ittefaq's title and goodwill to Manju and his sisters, and Hosein was given the ownership of the building on 1 RK Mission Road.[11] After a High Court ruling in July 2010, Manju became the publisher, printer and editor of the paper.[11]


  1. ^ "The New Nation". The New Nation.
  2. ^ Hasan, Rashidul (2009-08-04). "Finger pointed at Mainul". The Daily Star. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  3. ^ "Tributes to Manik Mia". The New Nation. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g "Profile - Mr. Barrister Moinul Hossain". Tritiyomatra. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  5. ^ "Defamation Case: Police arrest Mainul from city's Uttara". The Daily Star. 2018-10-23. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  6. ^ "Sued by journalist Bhatti for 'defamatory' TV remarks, Mainul Hosein secures bail". 2018-10-21. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  7. ^ "Mainul gets 5 months' interim bail". The Daily Star. 2018-10-22. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  8. ^ "Defamation Suit: Mainul sent to prison". The Daily Star. 2018-10-24. Retrieved 2018-10-23.
  9. ^ "Honorable Minister". Law and Justice Division. Archived from the original on 2018-03-25. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  10. ^ Islam, Sirajul (2012). "Ittefaq, The". In Islam, Sirajul; Islam, Manu (eds.). Banglapedia: National Encyclopedia of Bangladesh (Second ed.). Asiatic Society of Bangladesh.
  11. ^ a b "HC declares Manju Ittefaq editor, publisher". 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2018-10-23.