Mahfuz Anam named next president of Asia News Network

Mahfuz Anam

Respected Bangladeshi journalist Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of Bangladesh’s best-selling English daily – The Daily Star – has been elected as the next president of Asia News Network (ANN).

The 72-year-old journalist succeeds outgoing President Warren Fernandez on January 1, 2022, for a two-year term. This will be Mr. Anam’s second term as president of the alliance. Mr. Anam was first appointed President of the NNA in 2007.

Mr. Anam was appointed by Mr. Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times and the English / Malay / Tamil media group of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Media, and unanimously elected by the board of directors of the ‘ANN. The regional alliance is a grouping of 23 leading Asian news titles, which was founded in 1999.

Mr. Anam began his career as a journalist in 1972 and brings with him decades of experience as a media and communications specialist to lead the regional alliance. After working at the United Nations for 14 years, he co-founded The Daily Star newspaper in 1991, when Bangladesh was in the process of transitioning to democracy. Its editorial direction and its commentaries on the socio-political problems of the country have enabled the newspaper to become the most widely read English daily in the country. A democracy advocate, Mr Anam, has found himself in court over his criticism of the country’s two biggest parties. But he rejects the accusations as attacks on press freedom.

ANN aims to establish a global footprint as Asia’s most authoritative media voice and work to bring Asia closer through editorial collaboration. It was created to promote Asian journalism and share the story of an Asian century from an Asian perspective.

“ANN aims to tell the world how Asia is moving forward in this complex and ever-changing world and to share its knowledge and experience to build a better future,” said Mr. Anam.

“It took us a while, but now that we have established the NNA on an appropriate legal and financial basis, it is time to hand over the chairmanship to it, in the interests of good governance. At Mahfuz, we have a wise and respected media veteran, a founding member of the ANN Council. Few have both his vast experience and his sense of strong commitment to regional collaboration, to meet the challenge of leading ANN and moving it forward, at this critical time, ”said Fernandez.

ANN’s website can be viewed here.

The members of the alliance are:

  • The Daily Star of Bangladesh
  • Kuensel from Bhutan
  • Borneo Bulletin from Brunei
  • The Phnom Penh Post and Ramsei Kampuchea in Cambodia
  • China Daily in China and Hong Kong
  • Taiwan China Post
  • The statesman of India
  • The Indonesian Jakarta Post
  • News from Japan
  • The times of Vientiane in Laos
  • The Star and Sin Chew Daily from Malaysia
  • Gogo Mongolia Mongolia
  • Myanmar’s Eleven Media Group
  • Kathmandu Post in Nepal
  • The dawn of Pakistan
  • Filipino Daily Investigator from the Philippines
  • The Straits Times of Singapore
  • The Korea Herald of South Korea
  • Sri Lanka Island
  • The Thai nation
  • Vietnam News from Vietnam

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