The first death anniversary of Mahbubul Alam, former editor of The Independent, will be observed on Saturday, 6 June 2015.
Alam passed away at a hospital in Dhaka on 6 June, 2014 at the age of 78.
Also a former adviser to the caretaker government, Alam started his journalism career with Associated Press of Pakistan in 1957. Born in 1936 in Munsiganj, Alam went on retirement in 2013 after serving The Independent as the editor for 18 years.
Alam’s career in journalism spanned over 50 years. He was the editor of the weekly Dialogue (1992-1995), chief editor and managing director of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (1987-1989), and editor of The New Nation (1986-1987).
In addition to his journalism career, Alam held various positions in the government. He served as Press Minister at the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC with the rank and status of an Ambassador (1989-1992). He also served as Press Counsellor at the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington DC (1978-1980).
He served as Press Counsellor (1976-1978) at the Bangladesh High Commission in London. He was Ambassador of Bangladesh to the Kingdom of Bhutan (1983-1986).
He was Director General, External Publicity Wing and Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dhaka (1980-1983).
Alam was a member of the National Press Club, Dhaka Club and Officers’ Club (Dhaka).
He served as a member of the Governing Body of the Press Institute of Bangladesh (1980-1983).
He was the Chairman of Newspaper Owners Association of Bangladesh (NOAB).
Alam lectured on Bangladesh affairs at different universities in the United States including the University of Wisconsin at Madison, New York State University at Stoney Brook and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
He received an MA in Political Science from Dhaka University. In 1963, he received training in Journalism and Commonwealth Relations as a Fellow of Commonwealth Press Union, and attended a short course at Oxford University.