New Age journalist Muhammad Owasim Uddin Bhuyan has won the BRAC Migration Media Award 2017 for his report ‘Overseas Employment: Sending Unskilled Workers Yields Bad Return.’
Fourteen journalists on Wednesday have received the awards in six categories for their roles in promoting and protecting the rights of migrants and their families.
The award ceremony was arranged at the BRAC Centre in Dhaka, where expatriate welfare and overseas employment minister Nurul Islam was present as chief guest.
In print newspaper (national) category, the New Age staff correspondent got the third prize while Abu Jar Ansar Uddin Ahammed of Samakal and Adil Sakhawat of Dhaka Tribune won first and second prizes respectively.
In print newspaper (local) category, Md Kamrul Islam of Dainik Jalalabad won the first prize.
In television reporting category, Ashish Kumar Sarkar of Somoy Television, Jhumur Bari of Ekattor TV and Mashreq Rahat stood first, second and third respectively.
Saleh Noman of Radio Today won the first prize in radio reporting category.
In online news portal category, Md Fazlur Rahman of Dhaka Tribune, Md Kawsar Azam of thereport24.com and Jasmine Akhter of Bannernews won first, second and third prizes respectively.
The first, second and third prizes in photography category went respectively to Saiful Islam Ronny of Prothom Alo, Abdus Salam of Prothom Alo, and Mahmud Hossain Apu of Al Jazeera and Dhaka Tribune.
The award ceremony was addressed, among others, by BRAC’s executive director Muhammad Musa, writer and journalist Anisul Hoque, IOM deputy chief of mission Abdusattar Esoev, BMET director general Salim Reza, BRAC’s senior director Asif Saleh and BRAC’s migration programme head Shariful Islam Hasan.