Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today announced the winners of the 18th Investigative Journalism Awards. On this occasion the Chairperson of International Board of Directors of Transparency International Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sanchez-Moreno delivered a talk on 'media and corruption' held in Meghomala Conference room of TIB’s Central Office in Dhanmondi this afternoon.
In the national print media category, the staff reporter of online news portal jagonews24.com. Mr. Shahed Shafiq received the award. The Joint News Editor in the Daily ‘Ilsheypar’ of Chandpur Mr. Rezaul Karim was awarded in local print media category. In the electronic media (report), the prize was jointly received by special correspondents Mr. Shafiq Shahin and Mr. Badruddoza Babu respectively from private television channels NTV and Maasranga Television respectively. Besides, Deputy Editor Mr. Md. Alauddin Ahmmed and Senior Staff Reporter Mr. GM Faysal Alam of Jamuna Television were jointly awarded in the electronic media (documentary) category. Three camerapersons: Mr. Mohsin Mukul, Mr. Kazi Mohammed Ismiel and Mr. Golam Kibria of Jamuna Television were awarded jointly for their work in two documentaries.
For not meeting the required standard, the members of the Jury Board didn’t award anyone in climate finance governance categories. Each reporter was awarded a certificate, crest and a prize money of Taka one lakh, while three camerapersons jointly received a prize money of Taka one lakh.
TIB Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman moderated the session, Chairperson of International Board of Directors of Transparency International Mr. José Carlos Ugaz Sanchez-Moreno graced the occasion as chief guest, chaired by Advocate Sultana Kamal, the Chairperson of TIB Board of Trustees. TI Chair spoke on 'media and corruption'. Terming media as one of the best allies in the fight against corruption, he emphasized on acquiring specialized skills by media through rigorous training as corrupt people are employing smarter tactics to evade justice.
It may be mentioned here that TIB’s media engagement programme has three components: Investigative Journalism Awards, investigative journalism training and investigative journalism fellowship. The objectives of TIB's media engagement programmes are: to build media’s capacity to produce quality reports on governance and corruption issues and creates public opinion against corruption to spread the messages of anti-corruption social movement.
Since 1999, TIB has awarded 50 journalists, trained 375 journalists outside the capital since 2010 and offered three fellowships since 2012.