Prothom Alo


Front page of Prothom Alo on 27 September 2007
TypeDaily newspaper
FormatBroadsheet

Owner
PublisherMahfuz Anam
EditorMatiur Rahman
Founded4 November 1998
LanguageBengali
PriceTaka 8
HeadquartersCA Bhaban
100 Kazi Nazrul Islam Avenue
Karwan Bazar
Dhaka
Bangladesh
Circulation350,000 (at January 2007)[1]

Website: www.prothom-alo.com
Prothom Alo (Bangla: প্রথম আলো) is a major daily newspaper in Bangladesh, published from Dhaka in the Bengali language. The phrase Prothom Alo in Bangla means "first light."

History

Prothom Alo was founded on 4 November 1998. As at January 2007, it had an average circulation of 350,000.[1] It has distinguished itself by its investigations of acid attacks and violence against women, pushing for tougher laws against the sale of acid, and for being the first Bangladeshi newspaper to report on the training of militants at Islamic schools (or madrasas).[2] Prothom Alo helped to popularise Mathematics in Bangladesh. It organized Mathematics Olympiad for the first time in Bangladesh in 2003. It is one of the main sponsors and the main organizer of Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad.[3]

Format and supplements

  • Chutir Dine - Weekly supplement published on Saturdays
  • Alpin - Weekly supplement published on Mondays
  • Naksha - Weekly supplement published on Tuesdays
  • Anondo - Weekly supplement published on Thursdays
  • Onno Alo - Weekly supplement published on Fridays
Prothom Alo publishes a special edition every year at Eid-ul-fitr. This feature whic is called "Prothom Alo Eid Shonkha" or Prothom Alo Eid edition includes fictions, historical articles and photos.[4] It costs 100 Taka.

Editors

Matiur Rahman is the current editor of the newspaper. He received the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation Award for Journalism, Literature, and Creative Communication Arts in 2005[5]

He is regarded as one of the most influential and secular journalists in Bangladesh, with a profound background in media, journalism and human development activities. Matiur is regarded very close to the reform government of Bangladesh and is known widely for the arrests of many politicians who he considered not appropriate for the reformed politics in Bangladesh. He is close to Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel Laureate and is one of the backers, along with the Editor of the twin newspaper, The Daily Star to install Prof. Yunus in power through a Presidential form of government. Matiur is deeply rooted into the current caretaker government circle and serves as a major intellectual strength for the army itelligence.

Regular columnists

Famous columnists regularly authors columns for Prothom Alo. Popular writer and columnist Muhammad Zafar Iqbal regularly contributes under his famous column "Shadashidhay Kotha". Another eminent writer and co-editor of Prothom Alo Anisul Hoque regularly contribute in his satirical column "GodyoCartoon". Other regular columnists include ABM Musa, Abul Momen, Muntasir Mamun, Abul Hayat, Mamunur Rashid and Mahmuduzzaman Babu. Educationist Mohammad Kaykobad and Psychiatrist Mehtab Khanam regularly covers their professional fields.

Threats

Prothom Alo faced various protests by Islamic organizations and fundamentalists. A threat was given after Prothom Alo opposed unregistered religious institution called Kowmi Madrassa and accused them for organizing crimes and provide combat training to their students. Religious leaders urged to stop circulation in Chittagong as well. A similar protests and demand for banning the paper again came from them after a cartoon about Islamic prophet Mohammad was published in Alpin. A subsequent order was given from the government to ban the supplement for an indefinite period of time.

References

1. ^ Published rates. Prothom Alo.
2. ^ Prothom Alo Editor Gets Magsaysay Award. Voice of America. 2005-08-01.
3. ^ Bangladesh IMO team 2007. Bangladesh Mathematics Olympiad Committee. Retrieved on 2007-09-28.
4. ^ Waheed, Karim (2006-10-20), "Readers' delight: Special publications on Eid", The Daily Star, <[1]
5. ^ WHEN MEDIA TAKES A STAND FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: THE EXPEERIENCE OF PROTHOM ALO IN BANGLADESH. Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation. 2005-09-02.

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