Nazmul Ahasan is a Bangladeshi journalist, commentator, and communications executive. He worked as a copy editor at The Manab Zamin, and a reporter and editorial staff at The Daily Star. He currently works as a communications officer for a Dhaka-based conglomerate.
Nazmul began his journalism career in 2014 with Daily Manab Zamin (People’s Land), a newspaper notably known as the first and largest Bengali tabloid newspaper. He worked as a copy editor at the paper’s international desk. He was tasked with translating English copies gathered from international sources to Bengali. The copies included news items, opinion pieces and analyses related to global developments. His job responsibilities also included supervising the international desk several times a week.
The Daily Star
Nazmul joined The Daily Star, a respected and leading English newspaper in Bangladesh, in 2017. He worked as an editorial assistant at the paper’s editorial and opinion department. His primary responsibilities included writing an opinion piece and two short editorial pieces a week, while overseeing the page’s “Letter to the Editor” section. In June 2018, he began to use a dedicated column space titled “more than just facts”. His columns and opinion pieces predominantly focused on domestic political developments, human rights issues, and international affairs.
While at The Daily Star, he worked as a freelance correspondent for FirstPost, India. His notable works for the outlet include an exclusive long-form interview with Shahidul Alam, an internationally celebrated photographer and activist, whose arrest by authorities in Dhaka in August 2018 triggered worldwide outrage.
Among the foreign outlets that published his original or syndicated pieces are The Hindu, The Wire, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Asia News Network, South Asia Monitor, Inter Press Service, etc. In addition, he wrote for domestic outlets such as The Dhaka Tribune, Prothom Alo, Bangla Tribune, Ittefaq, and NTV Online.
Nazmul also co-founded and edited The Unmesh, a student newspaper, at Daffodil International University, where he completed his journalism degree. The bi-monthly color print paper saw three issues before ceasing its publications due to fund shortage. The Unmesh, meaning the awakening in Bengali, had 8-16 pages covering contemporary issues, human rights, history, arts, travel, sports, photography, and literature.
Nazmul left The Daily Star in February, 2019 to join a leading corporate group in Bangladesh as a communications officer. He still tweets at @nazmul_ahasan_ on contemporary political, human rights and social developments in Bangladesh.