Bangladesh’s friend journalist Simon Dring no more
News Desk || risingbd.com
British journalist Simon Dring
Noted British journalist Simon John Dring, a true friend of Bangladesh, passed away at the age of 76.
Ailing Simon Dring, also a television producer and presenter, breathed his last while undergoing surgery in his abdomen at a London hospital on Friday (July 16).
Journalist Tushar Abdullah, a Bangladeshi friend of Simon Dring, confirmed his death on Tuesday (July 20). Tushar Abdullah has worked as a colleague of Simon Dring when he was in Ekushey TV.
Tushar Abdullah said, “Simon Dring was an iconic character in the expansion of TV media in Bangladesh.”
Simon Dring was the first one to highlight Bangladesh’s War of Liberation to the world.
Simon Dring covered the horrors of the country’s war of independence from Pakistan in 1971. He was among about 50 foreign journalists confined to their hotel, the Intercontinental, in Dhaka on Mar 25, 1971.
Born in 1945, Simon Dring began his career in journalism as a feature writer with the Bangkok World Newspaper. He would go on to report the start of the Vietnam War, acting as a reporter for Reuters and other news organisations.
He later held positions at the BBC and The Telegraph, reporting from Biafra, Bangladesh, Eritrea and many other countries.
In 1997, Simon Dring and partners in Bangladesh helped to found Ekushey Television in Bangladesh. Bringing together a team of over 50 reporters, producers and editors, Simon Dring helped establish the first television news operation in Bangladesh.