BANGLADESH: Azadi editor passes away

Veteran journalist and renowned Editor of the daily Azadi Prof Mohammad Khaled expired at a city clinic yesterday morning

The Daily Star
Monday, December 22, 2003

Veteran journalist and renowned Editor of the daily Azadi Prof Mohammad Khaled expired at a city clinic yesterday morning.

Khaled, former lawmaker of the first Jatiya Sangsad after independence and a venerable personality in Chittagong, died at 9:05am at the age of 82.

He was suffering from old age complications and his eldest son died November 20 last.

Khaled left behind his wife, three sons, two daughters, relatives and many friends and well-wishers at home and abroad.

Thousands of mourners including ministers, politicians, officials, journalists, writers and members of different socio-cultural organisations rushed to his house at OR Nizam Road in front of Chittagong Press Club for a last glimpse of him.

His first namaj-e-janaza was held at city's Jamiyatul Falah Mosque after Asr prayers and the second at his village Sultanpur in Raozan after Magrib. He was buried at his family graveyard.

Food Minister Abdullah Al Noman, Commerce Minister Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin, State Minister for Forest and Environment Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil, AL Presidium Member Ataur Rahman Khan Kaiser, city AL President MA Mannan and City Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury, among others, attended the janaza.

Tributes on behalf of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia and AL President and Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina were paid to him before the first janaza.

Born in a noble family on July 6, 1922, Khaled passed Matriculation from Raozan RRAC Institution in 1940, HSC and BA from Chittagong College in 1942 and 1946 and MA in history from Calcutta University in 1947.

He took up journalism in 1958 and joined the Azadi as managing editor on September 5, 1960.

He became editor of the daily within two years and till death served the same with utmost integrity and commitment.

Khaled had also been a successful political figure in between his 44-year journalistic career.

In the general elections of 1970, he contested from the AL from Raozan constituency and defeated then influential Muslim League leader Fazlul Quader Chowdhury, father of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

He was a close aide of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and member of the 31-member committee that framed the country's constitution in 1972. He has also been the governor of Chittagong in 1975.