Senior journalist Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan has received the Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) media award- 2019 for reporting migration and migrants’ issues in Bangladesh.
In national newspaper category, he made the highest contribution through writing at least 111 migration reports published at The New Age on promotion of rights and dignity of Bangladeshi migrant workers, according to the organiser.
Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Program (OKUP) on Saturday awarded a total of 13 journalists who were working in different national and local newspapers as well as in the electric media in 2019.
OKUP, a grassroots migrants’ organisation working for promotion and protection of rights of Bangladeshi migrant workers since 2004, announced its Annual Media Award for the journalists who contributed to the promotion of rights and dignity of Bangladeshi migrant workers and their access to justice.
The awards were given under the project entitled ‘Empowerment of Women and Girl Migrant Workers, Communities and key Institutions to Protect and Promote Migrant Workers’ Rights and Access to Justice’ co-founded by European Union and Catholic Agency For Overseas Development.
OKUP chairman Shakirul Islam formally announced the names of awardees and OKUP programme manager AA Mamun Nasim handed over bank cheques and annual report after completion of an opinion exchange meeting at the OKUP office in the capital.
In the local newspaper category, Masum Billah of Amader Araihazar in Narayanganj contributed to the highest number of 18 reports, OKUP officials said.
Dhaka-based other OKUP media award recipients were Porimol Palma of The Daily Star, Mansura Hossain of the daily Prothom Alo, Naimul Karim of Thompson Reuters Foundation, Arafat Ara of The Financial Express, Jhumur Bari of Ekattur TV, Prosoon Ashish of Somoy TV.
Districts-based other local journalist awardees were Safuruddin Pravat of the daily Samakal in Narayanganj, Riyajul Islam Sarker of the daily Amar Somoy in Narshingdi, Mohammad Sarif Eqbal Rashel of Bangla TV in Narshingdi, Shihab Ahmed of the daily Amar Bikrampur in Munshiganj and Mahbub Alam Joy of the daily Diner Sheshe in Munshiganj.