TI-Bangladesh today observed the International Anti-Corruption Day with a host of activities both at local and national level. YES volunteers in 45 locations of the country joined in human chains, rallies, signature campaigns and various awareness-raising activities demanding scrapping of the newly amended ACC Act.
All six mobile operators carried a public sms of TIB that said: Durniti Daridro O Obichar Barray, Durniti Protirodhe Shochchar Hoi Ekshathe, Ekhoni-Antorjatik Durniti Birodhi Dibosh It may be mentioned here that TIB's sms was carried as Govt. Info which is a significant achievement of TIB's advocacy efforts.
In the capital, four journalists received awards for their quality investigative reports. The winners are: in print media national category: Julfikar Ali Manik of daily the Dhaka Tribune for his report 'Devil's Design, published in the Daily Star on 14 October 2012; in print media local category H.M.Alauddin of Khulna's Daink Purbanchal won for his series reports on the rise of land grabbers in suburban areas; Md. Alauddin Ahmmed of the Jamuna Television bagged awards for his docu-news 'red is not always meant to be blood', broadcast on Independent TV on 21 December 2012. The camera person of this TV report Mohsin Mukul also received an award.
The veteran journalist A B Musa, who gave a talk on the challenges of investigative journalism in the current context, urged the journalists to thwart all odds for upholding the spirit of objective journalism in the country.
In the same programme, TIB also accorded recognition to three Bangladeshi young photographers who recently brought laurel for the country by winning the 1st, 3rd and a special mention in TI's global photography competition.
In the afternoon, a long human chain near the Institute of Fine Arts of the University of Dhaka was held where TIB's Executive Director Dr. Iftekharuzzaman urged all to be united in the fight against corruption.
Later the Vice Chancellor of the University of Dhaka distributed prizes to six winners of the 8th cartoon competitions, held in two age-group categories: 13-18 and 18-35. The week-long cartoon exhibition, comprising 60 cartoons, was also opened to the visitors, which will continue till 8:00 pm of the 16 December, the Victory Day.
The observance of this year's IACD amid political strike and blockade programmes amply testify that the courage and spirit of the YES cannot be cowed down and they will continue their fight against corruption. Indeed, the invincible youth shall surely resist corruption in Bangladesh.