Drik to represent World Association of Newspapers

Chennai, 1 February 2012
For immediate release
WAN-IFRA Appoints Representative in Bangladesh
To take WAN-IFRA services closer to publishers in the country
The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) has appointed Drik Picture Library Ltd., the leading picture and news agency of Bangladesh, as its representative in the country, in a move to bring WAN-IFRA?s services closer to local publishers.
As each country in the Indian sub-continent displays unique characteristics and challenges, the representation will help to address the specific needs of Bangladesh?s publishers and will include local media events and training.
??We are very happy to appoint Drik Picture Library as our representative in Bangladesh,? said Magdoom Mohamed, Managing Director of WAN-IFRA South Asia. ?Our relations with Dr. Shahidul Alam, Managing Director of Drik Picture Library, goes back to more than 8 years and we share some common ideas of what needs to be done to help improve the media industry in Bangladesh. We are confident that this relation will go a long way, and, with Drik?s respected position in the country, it will enable seamless rendering of all WAN-IFRA services to the publishers in the country.?
Dr. Shahidul Alam said: ?Drik has found a natural partner in WAN-IFRA, as both are trade organizations with a human right’s mandate. The Newspapers in Education programme is also an area where the mutual interest in media and education of both organisations provide synergy. Drik?s pioneering role in new media and ICT creates a clear path for the partnership to utilise the dynamism in Asian media and propel it to new heights.?
WAN-IFRA already has a publisher member in Bangladesh, The Independent daily newspaper.
This year, WAN-IFRA will organise its twentieth annual South Asian Conference, WAN-IFRA India 2012, on September 26 and 27 at Pune, India. The conference will address the challenges and opportunities for news publishers in the region and provide a direction into the future of the news publishing industry in the region.
WAN-IFRA South Asia, based in Chennai, India, manages services offered to the members and publishers in the South Asian region. 
WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world?s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.
For more information, please contact: Magdoom Mohamed, Managing Director, WAN-IFRA South Asia Pvt. Ltd., 54 K B Dasan Rd, SIET Administrative Building, 3rd Floor, Chennai 600 018, India (T:+91.44.4211 2893 F:+91.44.2435 9744). Email:infoindia@wan-ifra.org (or) Dr.Shahidul Alam, Managing Director, Drik Picture Library Ltd., House No.58, Road 15A, Dhanmondi Residential Area, Dhaka 1209, Bangladesh (T:+880.2.9120 125). Email: office@drik.net

Author: Shahidul Alam

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2018. A photographer, writer, curator and activist, Shahidul Alam obtained a PhD in chemistry before switching to photography. His seminal work “The Struggle for Democracy” contributed to the removal of General Ershad. Former president of the Bangladesh Photographic Society, Alam set up the Drik agency, Chobi Mela festival and Pathshala, South Asian Media Institute, considered one of the finest schools of photography in the world. Shown in MOMA New York, Centre Georges Pompidou, Royal Albert Hall and Tate Modern, Alam has been guest curator of Whitechapel Gallery, Winterthur Gallery and Musee de Quai Branly. His awards include Mother Jones, Shilpakala Award and Lifetime Achievement Award at the Dali International Festival of Photography. Speaker at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, Oxford and Cambridge universities, TEDx, POPTech and National Geographic, Alam chaired the international jury of the prestigious World Press Photo contest. Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society, Alam is visiting professor of Sunderland University in UK and advisory board member of National Geographic Society. John Morris, the former picture editor of Life Magazine describes his book “My journey as a witness”, (listed in “Best Photo Books of 2011” by American Photo), as “The most important book ever written by a photographer.”

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