The government today extended the appointment of career journalist Ihsanul Karim as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's press secretary for three years, a year after he was appointed in the current position on a one-year contract.
"The (extended) appointment will be effective from June 18 or the date of his joining (the office) for the subsequent three years," a public administration ministry notification said here today.
It said Karim, a 1971 Liberation War veteran, would serve as the premier's press secretary with the status of a full secretary to the government in continuation of his prior contractual appointment.
Prior to his appointment in the Prime Minister's Office, Karim served as the press secretary to the President and ahead of that, he served as the chief editor and managing director of national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS), where he made his debut in the career as a staff reporter in 1972.
During his long career in journalism he also served several foreign media like British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Press Trust of India (PTI) as their Bangladesh correspondent.
Karim joined the Liberation War in 1971 and fought in the western frontier as a member of the Bangladesh Liberation Force (BLF).