Nadeem Qadir, Minister Press at Bangladesh High Commission announced the launching of a project titled ‘Amar Jonmobhumi’ to honour British Bengali journalists at a Press Briefing held on July 22, 2016 in Café Grill, Brick Lane, East London.
In announcing the scheme, the Minister for Press said while in post in London he realised the important role being played by the UK based Bengali journalists in upholding Bengali language in a non-Bengali speaking country. This programme is in appreciation of the good work journalists are undertaking to promote Bangladesh positively abroad. In addition, he mentioned one of the criterias to involve journalists in this programme will be based on the spirit of our great Liberation War and to encourage jornalists to reflect Bangladesh in its truest sense.
Under the scheme two journalists will be taken to Bangladesh annually in December to visit media houses including the National Press Club and meet the Prime Minister & other government officials. The project involves the Press Wing at London’s High Commission, Bangladesh’s Information Ministry, IPO, PID, National Press Club and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangtha (BSS).
The main sponsor of the programme is the London based IPE Group. IPE’s Managing Director young entrepreneur Adnan Imam was also present at the press briefing. The programme has the blessings of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu and Information Secretary Martuza Ahmed.