Amanullah Kabir
Amanullah Kabir

General Information
Journalist and Writer

Full Name: Amanullah Kabir

Affiliation: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Current Position: Deceased

Date of Birth: January 24, 1947

Date of Death: January 16, 2019

Place of Birth: Bangladesh

Home District: Jamalpur

Nationality: Bangladeshi


Amanullah Kabir (24 January 1947 – 16 January 2019) was a Bangladeshi journalist and writer. He was the director and managing editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BASS), the official news agency of Bangladesh. He has worked as a journalist for five decades from a leadership position in almost all important dailies of Bangladesh. In 1971, he participated in the war of liberation. He was known as the archetype of journalists' bread-and-butter movement in post-East Pakistan Bangladesh.

Kabir was born in the house of Bachir Uddin Master, a resident of Rekhirpara village in Melandah Upazila of Jamalpur and former UP Chairman of Phulkocha Union. In 1962, he passed matriculation from Hazrabari High School and passed Higher Secondary from Rangpur Carmichael College.

Kabir started journalism in 1969 with Dainik Paygam newspaper. He joined English journalism in 1971. Liberation war started while he was working on The People. On the night of March 25, 1971, Pakistani forces attacked and demolished the office of the newspaper. Karib survived for a short time. Later he left Dhaka city and returned to his native place in Rekhirpar village of Merandah upazila of Jamalpur. From there he actively participated in the independence war of Bangladesh.

After independence, when The People re-emerged, Kabir joined this paper again and started journalism in independent Bengal. He then served as executive editor of The Independent. In October 2001, he was appointed as Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of Bangladesh News Agency, BSS. Since 2004, he served as an editor in Dainik Amar Desh newspaper. He has written poems, stories and several articles while busy in the journalism profession. Later, he gave more importance to writing in Bengali and English languages ​​on contemporary events.

Kabir was the senior editor of for 5 years before his death. He was the news editor of New Nation, a popular English daily of Bangladesh. He also worked in the Telegraph newspaper.

In the 1980s and 90s, Kabir was elected secretary general and president of undivided unions of journalists, serving both the Dhaka Union of Journalists and the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists. Before leading the BFUJ, he served at least two terms as its secretary general.

Kabir was arguably the strongest voice for media freedom during the rule of military dictator Lt. Gen. HM Ershad.

Kabie was elected Secretary General of Dhaka Journalist Union and Federal Journalist Union twice. He was a founding member of Dhaka-based Jamalpur Samiti and Greater Mymensingh Cultural Forum. In the early stages, he was an active and devoted worker of the progressive cultural movement. Since then, he developed a deep affection for literature and culture.

Besides editing newspapers, Kabir authored 10 books such as 'The Struggling Democracy of Bangladesh', ‘Nodi o Ondhokarer Roop’, ‘Mukhoshbarhi’, ‘Nistabdhatar Matam’, and ‘Zilay Zilay Bhasa Andolan o Onyanyo Tothyo’.

Kabir died on 16th January 2019 at Dhaka Ibn Sina Hospital due to diabetic and kidney disease.

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