Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Dhaka, Bangladesh

salahuddinshoaibchoudhury@yahoo.com

 

Current Positions

 

Editor and Publisher, Weekly Blitz, Dhaka, Bangladesh (English)

Chief Editor, Weekly Jamjamat, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Bangla)

Chief Editor, Daily Frontline, Dhaka, Bangladesh (English) (debuts Fall 2006)

Chairman, Blitz Publications Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman, Blitz Printers Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman, Vibgyor Entertainment Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman, Vibgyor Films Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Chairman, Vibgyor Fashions Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

Professional History

 

1989-1993:      Correspondent, Itar-Tass News Agency(Russia)

1993-1995:      Chief Correspondent, Itar-Tass News Agency(Russia)

1995:               Special Correspondent, The New Nation (English language, Dhaka)

1995:               Translator (Bangla): The Rise and Fall of Pahlavi Dynasty by

(Iranian) General Hossain Fardoust; Iranian Embassy, Dhaka

1995-1999:      Founder and Managing Director, A-21 TV , Bangladesh’s first private

television channel,

1999:               Bangladesh government (Awami League) forcibly closed A-21 TV after

coverage of opposition news.

1999:               Charged with sedition, imprisoned, and tortured. (October 10, 1999)

2001:               Released from prison and all charges dropped.(January 10, 2001)

2001-2002:      Special Correspondent, Daily Inqilab, Dhaka, Bangladesh (Bangla)

2002:               Partial Owner, Managing Director, Inqilab Television

2002:               Removed from office, shares seized after refusing to attend Inqilab

sponsored and organized pro-Saddam Hussain, anti-US rally in Dhaka.

2002:               Founded Weekly Blitz (May 2002)

2003-2005:      Charged with sedition, imprisoned, and tortured after writing articles

warning Bangladeshis of the rise of Islamists, urging Bangladesh to

recognize Israel, and advocating religious equality and interfaith dialogue;

and after attempting to travel to Israel. (November 29 2003 – April 30, 2005)

 

Selected Publications

 

Rise & Fall of Pahlavi Dynasty (Translator) Published by Gyanbitarani, Dhaka, 2001

Rudho Din Rudho Jibon, Published by Shamudra Prakashani, Dhaka, 2002

Dush Shopner Raat Din, (To be published in October 2006), Blitz Publications

Drishtir Mukti Akuti, (Book of poems), (To be published in October 2006), Blitz Publications

Shoda Mittha Kotha Bolibey, (To be published in October 2006), Blitz Publications

Injustice & Jihad, (Blitz Publications, 2007)

 

Memberships

 

Member, PEN USA

Member, IFLAC, Israel

Advisory Board Member, Islam-Israel Fellowship

Advisory Board Member Bangladesh Minority Lawyers Association

Secretary General, Bangladesh Editor’s Forum


Awards

 

Courageous Journalism Award 2005, Bangladesh Lokgeeti Shipi Goshthi

Freedom to Write Award 2005, PEN USA

Moral Courage Award 2006, American Jewish Committee

Courageous Journalism Award 2006, Bangladesh Minority Lawyer’s Association