Rozina Islam, a senior correspondent with Prothom Alo, receives the first Latifur Rahman award for journalism from Transcom Group CEO Simeen Rahman, left, while Matiur Rahman, editor of Prothom Alo, right, looks on at the Radison Blu in the capital yesterday. Photo: Collected

Rozina Islam, a senior correspondent of Prothom Alo, received "Sangbadikotay Latifur Rahman Puroshkar" yesterday.

Prothom Alo launched the award commemorating late Latifur Rahman, founding chairman of Transcom Group, on the occasion of its 23rd founding anniversary.


Rozina received the award at a programme held at the Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden.

The journalist, who faced threats, harassment and imprisonment for writing investigative reports on irregularities in the health sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, received the Free Press Award earlier this month.

Free Press Unlimited conferred the award on Rozina in the "Most Resilient Journalist Award 2021" category.

Latifur Rahman, founder chairman and CEO of Transcom Group, a well-known and highly respected business house, died on July 1, 2020. Latifur was the founding director of Mediaworld, the company that owns The Daily Star, and chairman of Mediastar, the owning company of Prothom Alo.

The newspapers are the leading English and Bangla dailies in the country.

Simeen Rahman, Transcom Group CEO, at the programme said Latifur Rahman wanted Prothom Alo to become the voice of the people of this country through honest and objective journalism. Latfiur had a dream that the newspaper will cross a century, Simeen said.

The way Prothom Alo is working with professionalism, this dream of Latifur Rahman will be fulfilled, she said.

At the programme "Ironman" was screened, which was on Mohammad Shamsuzzaman Arafat a triathlete, ultra distance runner and long distance swimmer.

He raced from Teknaf to Tentulia, to create awareness of good health through running and triathlons. He has swam the Bangla channel, Teknaf to Saint Martin's Island.

Several ministers, politicians, foreign diplomats, business leaders, senior government and non-government officials, women leaders, lawyers, doctors, artists, writers, civil society members and well-wishers of Prothom Alo attended the programme yesterday.

Prothom Alo Editor Matiur Rahman and others senior journalists gave them a warm welcome.

Among others, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq, Planning Minister MA Mannan, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen, Commerce Minister Tipu Munshi, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid, attended the programme.

Renowned singers, dancers performed at the programme that started with the sound of "Nabanna" on the instrument.

November 4 was the 23rd founding anniversary of Prothom Alo and since then, the newspaper is celebrating its anniversary through various events.