The Dhaka Tribune celebrated five years of publication in Bangladesh on Thursday.
To mark the occasion, an open house and special celebrations were held in the evening, with Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan highlighting some of the many achievements of the popular print and online media outlet.
“I am thankful to everyone who has been with us throughout our five-year journey so far,” he said.
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Dhaka Tribune Editor Zafar Sobhan speaking at the celebration of the media outlet's 5th anniversary Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune
Dhaka Tribune was first published in Bangladesh on April 19, 2013.
Five days later, the reporters and photographers of the fledgling paper were on the scene of the Rana Plaza disaster, and they have since covered many major stories with global impact and resonance, such as the Rohingya refugee crisis.
The consistent high quality of the Dhaka Tribune’s coverage was reflected at the Brac Migration Media Awards this year, when three of its journalists won prizes in three separate categories.
In print, the newspaper started as a broadsheet before going compact on March 1, 2015 under the motto: “The news you want. No more, no less.”
As well as first rate news coverage, the Dhaka Tribune is also well known for its award-winning marketing campaigns, such as “Glad to be a Bangladeshi” and “I am made in Bangladesh.”
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The two editors along with the divisional heads from both news outlets cut a cake in the presence of various associates Mahmud Hossain Opu/ Dhaka Tribune
In his speech at Thursday’s event, Zafar Sobhan announced that Dhaka Tribune will also be coming out with a Bangla version soon.
The editor of sister title Bangla Tribune, Zulfiqer Russell, also spoke at the event. “On behalf of Bangla Tribune, I express my heartfelt congratulations to all affiliates of Dhaka Tribune,” he said.
The two editors along with the divisional heads from both news outlets then cut a cake in the presence of various associates.
In a touching moment, Zafar Sobhan also prayed and requested everyone to hold a minute of silence for Faisal Rahman Kishwar, the Dhaka Tribune journalist who died of cardiac arrest on March 9.