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Bangladeshi Journalists in International Media begins official journey

The collective platform initiated its journey informally a year ago

Update : 22 Jul 2023, 11:55 PM

The Bangladeshi Journalists in International Media (BIJM) officially launched its operation on Saturday. 

The BJIM, a platform uniting Bangladeshi journalists working at home and overseas for reputed global media outlets, initiated its journey informally a year ago, reads a press release. 

The platform's three primary objectives include establishing itself as one of the key mouthpieces of media freedom in Bangladesh and South Asia, organizing activities like training workshops and seminars for the professional development of journalists in Bangladesh and ensuring medical welfare, insurance, and distress funds for journalists in Bangladesh and South Asia.

To commemorate the one-year anniversary of its inception and formal debut, BJIM is hosting a week-long photo exhibition titled “Third Eye: Witnessing Our Time” from Saturday at the Zoom Gallerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka (AFD) in the capital's Dhanmondi area. 

During the inauguration ceremony, which was held in the garden of AFD at 6pm on Saturday, a souvenir magazine titled “Third Eye” was also released.

This magazine includes writings and images from different personnel, including politicians, activists, and journalists, about journalism.

Nurun Nahar Khatun, the wife of slain journalist Abdul Hakim Shimul, and their children inaugurated the event.

Abdul Hakim Shimul was working as a journalist for Samakal and lost his life during a political clash in 2017. 

Nurun Nahar voiced her sorrow at the event for not obtaining justice for her husband's case. 

Highlighting the liabilities of the journalists towards society, she said: "I request you all not to stop writing."

Additionally, there will be four-panel discussions about contemporary issues on July 25, 27, 28, and 29. 

Renowned figures such as human rights activist Noor Khan Liton, senior journalist Munni Saha, journalist Al Masum Molla, Detective Branch Police Chief Harunur Rashid, Barrister Rumeen Farhana, and others will chair these panels.

The BJIM has already succeeded in arranging a fellowship for 40 journalists via the Edward M Kennedy (EMK) Center's personal-level small grants fund, focusing on the seven essential modules of journalism. 

This program is currently progressing successfully.

Sam Jahan, a Reuters correspondent, is the founding convener of BJIM, and Al Jazeera journalist Faisal Mahmud is serving as its member secretary.

The executive members of the outfit's ad-hoc committee include Muktadir Rashid of the Irrawaddy newspaper, Monirul Alam of the EPA photo agency, Redwan Ahmed of the Guardian newspaper, and Mohammad Ali Mazed of AFP.

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