by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Senior journalist Hassan Shahriar died of Covid-19 on Saturday at the age of 76.
Shahriar, a former president of National Press Club, breathed his last at a hospital in Dhaka, one of his relatives Mainul Alam said. He had also been suffering from cancer for a long time.
Shahriar retired from the Daily Ittefaq as executive editor in 2008 after serving the newspaper for a long time. He also worked for Daily Sun, Daily People’s View in Chittagong alongside his journalistic service for international news magazine Newsweek, UAE-based Khaleej Times, India’s Daily Deccan Herald, The Indian Express and The Asian Age, Pakistan’s Morning News, Dawn and Evening Star.
He was the first journalist from Asia-Pacific to be elected as president of the Commonwealth Journalists Association in 2003. He was also the international president emeritus of the CJA in 2012.
A Harry Brittan fellow, he was elected president of the National Press Club for 1993-94 tenure.
Shahriar was laid to eternal rest at Rayerbazar graveyard after funeral prayers at the National Press Club and at his home in Topkhana Road.