Weekly Ajker Surjodoy chief editor and freedom fighter Khondaker Mozammel Huq died of COVID-19 at a Dhaka hospital on Monday. He was 70.
The senior journalist breathed his last at about 4:00pm at AMZ Hospital in Badda, Mozammel’s brother-in-law Ashraful Bari confirmed New Age. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday given plasma therapy.
Ashraful said that Mozammel, also known as Gedu chacha, tested positive for COVID-19 five days ago.
Mozammel was born at Haripur village of Chhagalnaiya upazila in Feni on February 18, 1950.
Mozammel Huq had been involved in student politics and cultural activities during his student life.
After the independence, he had published the weekly and was its editor till death. His column ‘Gedu Chachar Khola Chithi’ earned wide acclaim.
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of the journalist, former Bangladesh Chhatra League leader and valiant freedom fighter Mozammel.
Including, Mozammel, a total of 10 journalists have died of COVID-19 while eight others have died with COVID-19 symptoms.
According to media houses and journalist organisations, till Monday 505 journalists and media workers are affected by the coronavirus.
Of them, 387 are from Dhaka and 118 from across the country.
They are from 129 national and local media houses including 75 newspapers, 27 television channels, 21 internet news portals, five radios and one news agency.
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