Emran Hossain, 31, has been a staff reporter since 2012 at Bangladesh’s first online newspaper, bdnews24.com, in Dhaka, where he covers special assignments and works on the English desk of the bilingual newspaper.
He began his journalism career in 2003 as a Jahangirnagar University correspondent for The Daily Star. After completing his master’s degree in English literature, Hossain became a staff reporter at The Daily Star. His first series of four investigative reports in 2010 spotlighted state terrorism, particularly the extra-judicial killings by the Rapid Action Battalion (an elite anti-crime and anti-terrorism unit of Bangladesh Police).
Another investigation reopened the 1992 trial of accused drug adulterators; for which he received the Transparency International Bangladesh 2009 award.
In 2012, Hossain’s investigations inspired the documentary “Fear, Force & Fabrication,” which unveiled powerful and troubling relationships among government, media and human rights activists.
Based on past censorship of his print articles, Hossain writes, “I have come to realize that it is not the air-conditioned newsrooms of multi-storied media houses that can ensure professional excellence in journalism, but an individual’s consistent chase for the truth, often risking one’s own life and those of his family members.”
Emran Hossain is a Daniel Pearl Fellow. He will be hosted by the Washington Bureau of the Huffington Post, where he aims to hone his investigative journalism skills and gain the technical knowledge to practice investigative journalism across digital platforms.