In a first ever initiative to recognise journalists for their remarkable reporting on the issue of migration, Brac has awarded 10 journalists under different categories in the country for their reports on migration last year.
Initiated by Brac Migration Programme, the award giving ceremony was held at the Brac Centre in the capital’s Mahakhali area yesterday.
In the category of National-Level Print Media, Bangla daily the Prothom Alo’s Shariful Islam won the first prize, while English dailies the Dhaka Tribune’s Abid Azad and the Daily Star’s Belal Hossain Biplob won the second and third prizes, respectively.
Under the category of Electronic Media, Jamuna TV’s Salah Uddin Helali, ATN Bangla’s Keramat Ullah Biplob and Ekattor TV’s Jhumur Bari obtained the first, second and third prizes, respectively.
Under the Locally Based Print Media category, Sharif Ikbal from Narsingdi’s Lal Sobuj Desh newspaper achieved the first prize, while Aftab Hossain from Rangpur’s Mayabazar scored the second prize and Abu Bakar Siddique from Sylhet’s Daily Jalalabad scored the third prizes, and Robiul Islam was awarded under the Online Media category.
Brac Executive Director Muhammad Musa distributed the crests, certificates and prize money among the awarded journalists.
Addressing the ceremony, Musa said: “We should work together to ensure safe migration. The country’s migrant workers raise the nation’s values and importance on a global platform, so we should show proper respect to them and their families. We should also make sure that their hard-earned money and the remittances they send to the country should be used in a productive way.”
Also in attendance was Kazi Abul Kalam, joint secretary at the Ministry of Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, who expressed his gratitude to the journalists for their contribution in addressing migration and human trafficking issue during last year’s crisis.
He said the government is also planning to reward the journalists for their reports.
He also suggested including the issue of migration in the country’s education system, especially at the tertiary level.
Before the award giving ceremony, a discussion titled “Media in protecting migrants’ rights” was held at the same venue, coordinated by Asif Saleh, senior director of strategy, communications and empowerment at Brac.
Brac’s Gender Justice and Diversity and Migration Programme Director Sheepa Hafiza and Programme Head Hassan Imam were also present at the event.