Emphasis on Amending Current Tobacco Control Laws in Fellowship Workshop

Dhaka Ahsania Mission organized a workshop on the online platform Zoom on April 29 at noon with the aim of giving fellowships in anti-tobacco journalism in Bangladesh. Initially 25 journalists participated in the workshop. Iqbal Masud, Director, Health and Wash Sector, Dhaka Ahsania Mission gave a welcome address at the workshop. He urged the participants to prepare and publish a report emphasizing the importance of amending the tobacco control law.

Md. Shariful Islam, Coordinator, Tobacco Control Project, Dhaka Ahsania Mission, presented the keynote paper of the workshop conducted by Rezaur Rahman Rizvi, Media Manager, Tobacco Control Project, Dhaka Ahsania Mission. Sarkar Shams Bin Sharif, Communications Officer, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Bangladesh, also answered the questions of the participating journalists. Mamun Farajee, President of Dhaka Sub-Editors Council and Senior Journalist of Daily Jugantor spoke as a resource person at the workshop. Abdus Salam Mia, Grand Manager of Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids Bangladesh delivered the closing speech of the workshop.

The 25 journalists who participated in the workshop are: Masud Rumee (Kaler Kantha), Zahidur Rahman (Shamakal), Ishtiaq Mahmud (Inquilab), Mohammad Jonaed (Alokito Bangladesh), Monir Ahmmad Zarif (Manobkantha), Md. Salauddin Chowdhury (Bangladesher Khobor), Shah. Md. Elahia Nakib (Bangladesh Journal), Nasir Uddin Anik (Bangladesh News), Md. Akhtarujjaman (Amader Orthonity), Rabiul Alam (Ajker Patrika), Jannatul Ferdous Panna (Amader Natun Somoy), Lashkar Saif-ud-Daulah (Khola Kagoj), Nasir Uddin Bulbul (Nawroj), Md. Sifayet Ullah (Suprovat Bangladesh), Hasan Mahmud (Gonomukti), Md. Mehedi Hasan Dollar (71 television), Md. Mahibbullah Muhib (Banglavision), Allama Iqbal Anik (GTV), Mohaimanul Islam Neon (Deepto TV), Md. Hasan Taimum Wahab Sainik (Nexus TV), Sanjoy Chowdhury (Radio Sagar Giri 99.2 FM), Selina Sheuly (BSS), Md. Bahauddin Al Imran (Bangla Tribune), Nahid-ul-Hasnat (Dhaka Post) and Md. Ishaque Faruqee (United News).

The purpose of the fellowship program in anti-tobacco journalism is to enhance the skills of journalists in preparing and publishing anti-tobacco reports. Elected journalists will publish reports in various media outlets with the theme 'Amendment of the law is necessary to build a tobacco-free Bangladesh'. Fellowships will be awarded for the top 4 reports selected from the published reports. The Fellowship recipient will be awarded a Certificate and Honors as a Fellow in Anti-Tobacco Journalism, subject to successful performance.

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