Mukhlesur Rahman Chowdhury

Portrait
Born: Dec 16, 1965 AD
Currently alive, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: Bangladeshi
Categories: Columnist, Journalist


 1965 – Born in maternal grand father’s house at Kulikunda of Nasirnagar Upazila under Brahmanbaria District of Chittagong Division. His father Alhaj Azizur Rahman Chowdhury and mother Ratnagarva Begum Sharifa Aziz Chowdhury is from Lakhai upazila of Habiganj District.

 

1989    Received Masters of Arts in Mass communication & Journalism from University of Dhaka. Received "Panos" fellowship of UK, World Bank Institute fellowship, EU fellowship, Bangla Academy fellowship.

 

1991 - He was elected executive committee member of Dhaka Union of Journalists– DUJ.

 

1995 - He has participated in the United Nations golden jubilee.

 

1999 – On working as diplomatic editor and special correspondent of the Daily Dinkal he was interrogated by the Bangladesh intelligence agency for reporting on the mysterious death of Brigadier General Shabab Ashfaq of the Bangladesh Army. 

 

2000 - He was harassed by Bangladesh government intelligence agencies for questioning President Bill Clinton during his Dhaka visit on 20 March this year, defying the Bangladesh government's instructions not to ask anything beyond designated questions was concluded by the intervention of the US Embassy, Dhaka. He refused to accept an offer of asylum and citizenship from the US Embassy.

 

2002 - Joined SAARC in Kathmandu.

 

2003 -  Elected senior joint secretary general of the Commonwealth Journalists Association, Bangladesh. He conducted the live TV program- Hello Apnake Balchi on Bangladesh Television, and in magazine programs on ATN Bangla. He has represented Bangladesh in the United Nations golden jubilee. Participated Commonwealth summit held in Nigeria.

 

2004 - Appointed as Press Secretary as well as spokesman of the Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed. Also elected president of Overseas Correspondents Association Bangladesh-OCAB (Foreign Journalists Association). Before that he was elected to all posts including vice president, secretary, treasurer, joint secretary and EC member of the same organization since 1993.

 

2005 – His two books “Protocoler Nigor” (Bindings in Protocol) and  “Samakalin Sangbadikata” (Contemporary Journalism) published.

 

2006  -  He was appointed  Adviser to President with the rank and status of State Minister by Professor Dr. Iajuddin Ahmed, President of the People's Republic of Bangladesh. During December 2006 when acute national political impasses arose out of uncertainty about Parliamentary elections, he performed the role of President’s special envoy in the negotiation process for a peaceful solution between Begum Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina, the two major separate political alliance leaders of Bangladesh. His efforts united all political parties in a fair agreement about participating in parliamentary elections until 3 January 2007. He was awarded “Nawab Sir Salimullah gold medal” for outstanding role and achievement in the Statecraft. Published “Hundred years of Bangabhaban” and “Bangabhabaner Shatabarsha” were published from Bangabhaban.

 

2007 - On 11 January the general election was postponed due to a conspiracy made by a group of military bureaucrats which had created an event known as One-Eleven that subsequently led to an unconstitutional and undemocratic caretaker government. Dialogues between the then US Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis and Mr Chowdhury directly saved the nation from the martial law in 11 January 2007. Due to undue occurrence of ‘One-Eleven’, Mr. Chowdhury in the greater interest of the nation, boldly spoke to media disclosing the hidden agenda of capturing the country's Presidency by the then Bangladesh Army Chief General Moeen U Ahmed in disguise of interim Caretaker Government headed by Fakhruddin Ahmed. His interviews were widely published, telecasted and broadcasted in newspapers, radios and television channels including Thikana, Akhon Samoy, Probashi Voice, Bangla Patrika and Probashi barta of New York & Voice of America and Euro Bangla, Bangla Post, BBC, Channel S and Bangla TV of London. "Military coup in Bangladesh: Dateline 2007", one of his fact-finding write-ups about the One Eleven conspiracy, was published in the weekly Akhon Samoy of New York. Presently working as editor of the Weekly Prekkhit.

 

2008 – He moved to United Kingdom after several attacks from Bangladesh intelligence agency people.

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