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BD pays respect to US journo Schanberg for his role in 71’ war

WT24 Desk

Bangladesh Ambassador to USA Mohammad Ziauddin attended the memorial event to celebrate the life of Sydney Schanberg, a great friend of Bangladesh and a renowned American journalist of the New York Times who died on July 9 in New York,UNB reports.

After the event which was held at the Office of New York Times in Manhattan on Wednesday, the Ambassador talked to the widow (Jane Freiman Schanberg) and the daughter (Rebecca Schanberg) along with other close members of his family.

Md Shameem Ahsan,ndc, Consul General of Bangladesh in New York accompanied the Ambassador, said a press release on Friday.  While conveying his profound gratitude to the deceased journalist, he said Sydney will remain a part of the history of Bangladesh for his commendable role during the war of liberation of Bangladesh.

Ambassador Ziauddin proposed to preserve the late journalist’s works in the Museum in Bangladesh established to display the historic reports published on the atrocities committed during the war of liberation in 1971.

The family members were overwhelmed by the offer of the Bangladesh Ambassador and assured him to make all such documents available to him soon. Journalist Sydney Schanberg was in Dhaka on 25 March 1971 as the South Asia Correspondent of The New York Times (NYT).

He was ordered by the military junta of Pakistan to leave Dhaka on the evening of 26, March,1971.  He was the first journalist to report on 28 March 1971 the atrocities of Pakistan army perpetrated on Bangalees in The New York Times.

Sydney continued to send reports to the NYT on Bangladesh’s War of Liberation from Kolkata and other places. His reporting significantly contributed in awakening the international community about atrocities committed on the unarmed Bangalees.

Sydney Schanberg defied the expulsion order and entered Bangladesh several times during the War of Liberation and consistently and objectively covered the War for the NYT.  Sydney Schanberg also won a Pulitzer Prize for his book on Cambodia called the “Killing Fields”.

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