The Editors' Council has expresses its profound shock and sorrow at the sudden passing away of its founding President, Golam Sarwar, the Editor of daily Samakal.
"His demise creates an irreplaceable vacuum in Bangladesh's journalism, especially at a moment where his astute guidance and experienced mentorship was most needed. He has been an untiring crusader for journalistic freedom and fighter for the rights of journalists," said a statement sent by the Editors' Council Secretary General Mahfuz Anam on Tuesday.
The statement said, Golam Sarwar has been an active member of numerous journalistic bodies in all of which he worked to uphold ethics of the profession to which he devoted his whole life.
Golam Sarwar obtained his bachelor's and master's degree in Bangla literature from the University of Dhaka. In his student life in 1962, he started his career as a university correspondent at "The Azadi". Later, he worked in "The Sangbad" and "The Daily Ittefaq". In 1999, he became the editor of "Jugantor" and in 2005, he joined "Samakal" as its founding editor and served as the editor at the newspaper until his death.
He was awarded the "Ekushey Padak" in 2014 for his contribution to journalism. As chairman of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), he was involved in improving the quality of journalism training. Apart from journalism, Golam Sarwar was a member of the Bangladesh Film Censor Board's Appellate Division and had worked as a senior vice-president of the National Press Club several times. He also authored several books. "Sampadoker Jabanbondi", "Aumio Gorol", "Amar Joto Kotha", and "Swapna BecheThak" are notable among them.