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A journey with pride: Daily Sun celebrates 12th anniversary

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24th October, 2022 10:58:49 PM
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Multi-coloured flowers flooded the office of the Daily Sun on Monday as distinguished personalities, readers, patrons, advertisers and well-wishers greeted the leading English newspaper on its 12th anniversary of publication.

The national daily arranged a daylong programme at its office in Bashundhara Residential Area of the capital on the occasion, sharing the joy of its success with hundreds of readers, patrons and well-wishers who showered praise and encouragement upon the Sun family.

Country’s eminent businessman and Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan inaugurated the celebration programme by cutting a cake.

A galaxy of personalities representing a wide spectrum of citizens -- high dignitaries, lawmakers, politicians, foreign diplomats, academicians, businesspersons, senior journalists, artistes, celebrities and civil society members -- graced the occasion with their presence and good wishes.

They highly appreciated the newspaper for its commitment to impartial journalism and the country’s development.

Before inaugurating the anniversary programme, Ahmed Akbar Sobhan said the media outlets of Bashundhara Group enjoy full freedom in practising objective journalism. “I’ve come to this floor after one or two years. I always want to run the media independently. So, there’s no interference from the owner group. All the editors and journalists can say that I never interfere. I want all media groups should always be independent,” he said.

The Bashundhara Group Chairman also said his group has media in England and New York and they are going to launch two TV channels -- one in New York and the other one in London -- and an OTT platform soon.

Speaking about the necessity of being cautious about internal and external enemies of the country, he said the media outlets owned by his group will be able to serve the purpose of Bangladesh at home and abroad.

Addressing the event, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Prof Sudharshan Senevirante said changes are happening both in this country and across the world and the Daily Sun has been successfully able to connect with the greater world and also with the region.

“When we read your newspaper, we also see issues on gender, climate change and also internal contradictions that happen in your country and you unfold the truth,” he said.

“What you publish is the information and to let the readers for deciding themselves. And this people-to-people connectivity what you have launched as an exemplary media house gives the clue to other media houses to carry off their noble task. On behalf of me and my colleagues from the Sri Lankan High Commission, I wish that let the Daily Sun shine on you,” he added.

Terming the Daily Sun an important partner of the Korean Embassy, Ambassador of Korea Lee Jang-keun appreciated the role of the daily in promoting Korea-Bangladesh relations.

“When it comes to publish any pieces of news or articles regarding the bilateral relations, the Daily Sun leads. So, I thank you for your support. I have very close relations with the daily and I hope that this relation will continue in the years to come and I wish the Daily Sun to grow and prosper the way it has been done up to now,” the Korean Ambassador said.

Ambassador of Kosovo Guner Sreya wished to see more news on peace, friendship and solidarity instead of news on atrocities, aggression and invasion.

“I congratulate all on the occasion of the anniversary of the Daily Sun. Your daily is an important and reliable source of news in Bangladesh. And I wish you all the best for the future,” he said.

Deputy Chief of Mission and Minister-Counsellor of Russian Embassy in Dhaka Ekaterina Semenova said at the time of political torment, gliding well with the uncertainty, when the flow of information is successive and overwhelms, sometimes even misleading, professional responsibility of journalists comes to fore.

She said, “We’re happy to see impartial news treatment in the Daily Sun. We’ve been having a very enriching mutual cooperation which is mutually beneficial. I wish every success to your excellent team.”

Addressing the programme, Deputy Head of Mission of German Embassy Jan Janowski said they rely on the Daily Sun for impartial and up-to-date information about Bangladesh for their daily work.

“Every time I come here I become astonished by the quality and the vigorousness of journalism and the high standard that you’re having in this country. Congratulations to all of you on your 12th anniversary of publication. We’ll be cooperating to develop a better relation between us in the future,” he said.

Appreciating the cooperation of the Daily Sun for the celebration of 50 years of diplomatic relations between Thailand and Bangladesh, Minister Counsellor of Royal Thai Embassy Panom Thongprayon said the daily has published a number of articles marking the occasion. “With 12 years, the Daily Sun has completed its first cycle. I wish the daily all success for many more years,” he said.

Daily Sun Editor Enamul Hoque Chowdhury shared the success story of the newspaper in its 12-year journey and welcomed the guests and advertisers.

Thanking them for attending the programme amid inclement weather, he expressed his gratitude to the readers, patrons and journalists and staff of the Daily Sun for their continuous support.

“We could have never reached today’s position without your assistance and support. So, I thank our Bashundhara Group Chairman, our readers, patrons, advertisers, agents and hawkers. I also appreciate the efforts of our journalists and staff who have been working for the daily with utmost dedication, braving all obstacles,” he said.

While anchoring the programme, Daily Sun Executive Editor Rezaul Karim Lotus said the Daily Sun has emerged as a leading newspaper and a credible source of information within just 12 years of its journey.

“The media industry has been going through massive changes globally mostly driven by growing presence of technology. The media outlets owned by Bashundhara Group remain aware of the changes and have taken required measures to stay relevant with the changes and true to its goal with quality and objectivity,” he said.

He said they remain grateful to the readers, audience and all well-wishers for keeping confidence in the daily and being part the successful journey.

Deputy Ambassador of Embassy of China Yan Hualong, Deputy High Commissioner of Sri Lanka Ruwanthi Delpitiya and First Secretary Srimali Jayarathve, Second Secretary of Indian High Commission in Dhaka Vaibhav Sunil Gondane, Second Secretary of the Royal Thai Embassy Kusuma Sareeya, Press Attaché of the Russian Embassy in Bangladesh Amatula Khanova and representatives from the US and Nepal missions in Dhaka, Aga Khan Development Network and Aga Khan Community were present on the occasion.

Eminent historian and former Daily Sun Editor Prof Dr Syed Anwar Husain, Jatiya Press Club President Farida Yasmin, Bangladesh Pratidin Editor Naem Nizam, Kaler Kantho Editor Shahed Muhammad Ali, Banglanews24.com Editor Jewel Mazhar, News24 Executive Editor Rahul Raha, Minister (Press) of Bangladesh High Commission in New Delhi Shaban Mahmud, World University of Bangladesh Vice-Chancellor Prof Abdul Mannan Choudhury and former Ambassador Waliur Rahman and, among others, attended the programme.

Besides, Jatiya Party Chairman and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in Parliament GM Quader, Jatiya Party Co-Chairman ABM Ruhul Amin Howlader, BNP Media Cell Convener Zahir Uddin Swapan, its Member Secretary and BNP Publicity Affairs Secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie, and BNP Chairperson’s media wing member Shamsuddin Didar visited the Daily Sun office to greet the newspaper.

The Daily Sun started its journey on October 24, 2010 with an ambition of mirroring the truth impartially.

In the last one decade, the English broadsheet has won the hearts of readers at home and abroad by maintaining accuracy in presenting news for print and online versions.