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Journalist Mahfuz Ullah dies

  • Published at 11:55 am April 27th, 2019
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File photo of journalist Mahfuz Ullah Collected

He was flown to Thailand on April 10 for advanced treatment


Senior journalist Mahfuz Ullah has passed away while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Thailand.

He was 69.

The journalist, who had been on life support at the Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok, breathed his last at 10:05am (Bangladesh time) on Saturday.

Nazmul Haq, whose son is married to the daughter of the late journalist, confirmed the matter to Dhaka Tribune.

Mahfuz Ullah had been suffering from various complications of the heart, kidney and lung. He was flown to Thailand on April 10 for advanced treatment.

He was politically active since his student life and had taken part in the 11-point movement. He was expelled from Dhaka College for his activism.

Born in Noakhali in 1950, Mahfuz Ullah obtained Master's degrees in physics and journalism from Dhaka University. He got involved in journalism when he was a student and had been associated with popular weekly "Bichitra" since its inception in 1972.

He also worked at Bangladesh Deputy High Commission in Kolkata as a "China expert" and taught at Dhaka University's journalism department. Mahfuz Ullah had hosted radio and television shows and been involved with leading Bangla and English dailies in Bangladesh.

He has also authored more than 50 books in Bangla and English, apart from editing a number of others.

Books edited by him include the biographies of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia, the mass uprising of 1969, insurgency in Assam, and post-independent Bangladesh.