Shaukat Mahmood

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Shaukat Mahmood
Shaukat Mahmood, March 2010.jpg
Mahmood in 2010
Native name শওকত মাহমুদ
Born (1959-07-29) 29 July 1959 (age 57)
Education University of Dhaka
Occupation Newspaper editor, political advisor
Political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party
Spouse(s) Ferdousi Mahmood

Shaukat Mahmood (born 29 July 2010; also spelled as Shawkat Mahmud) is a Bangladeshi journalist and politician.

For years he has been a journalist community leader and held responsible posts in country’s National Press Club.[1]

At The 5th National Council of Bangladesh Nationalist Party on 8 December 2009, Shaukat Mahmood became an adviser to the party chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia. Later the party named him as a vice chairman of the 6th council in August 2016.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Mahmood graduated from mass communication and journalism in the Dhaka University in 1980. He was awarded the fellowship of Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Boston.[3]

Career in journalism[edit]

Mahmood’s early career in journalism comprises his association as a senior staff reporter with the one of the oldest left-leaning Bengali newspaper The Sangbad. He also served as a senior journalist as well as in the panels of editorial of the dailies Dinkal, Amar Desh, Amader Shomoy and Matribhumi.[citation needed]

As a journalist Shaukat Mahmood presently serves as editor of Weekly Economic Times and has been an adviser of Channel One, which was shut down by the government on 27 April 2010.[4] Mahmood was elected as the general secretary of Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) along with Ruhul A Gazi, Special Correspondent of The Daily Sangram, elected as the president.[5]

In 1990 Mahmood was elected as General Secretary of the National Press Club, Dhaka. He served two consecutive terms as the general secretary. Another two terms of his being GS came in 2002 and he again held the post until 2006. In 2007, Shaukat Mahmood was elected as the president of National Press Club. The tenure ended as he stepped aside from running in the immediate next election in 2011. Mahmood presently serves as the editor of 1995-established Weekly Economic Times. He is also actively serving as an adviser of the Weekly Ekhon editorial panel.

Politics[edit]

Mahmood’s official entry into politics took place after the party’s December 2008 council named him as an adviser to the chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party.[6] Upon the appointment, Mahmood actively took part in the grass-root conferences of the party in Khulna, Jessore, Barisal and Mymensingh.[7]

Mahmood was nominated as a vice-chairman of BNP at the 6th party council held in August 2016.[8]

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