Sam Jahan

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Shikder Abir Mahmud Jahan

1990 (age 33–34)
Alma materUniversity of Bedfordshire
OrganizationAgence France-Presse (AFP)
Known forRohingya crisis coverage
AwardsHong Kong Human Rights Press Awards (2018)

Sam Jahan is a Bangladeshi journalist renowned for his Rohingya crisis coverage. He is the Bangladesh Correspondent for Agence France-Presse (AFP) based in Dhaka.[1] He was widely praised for his coverage of the ongoing refugee crisis at Bangladesh-Myanmar border for which he won the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards [2] in 2018. He also worked for The Daily Star, CNN International and TRT World.

Rohingya crisis coverage

Sam has been covering the Rohingya crisis and human trafficking by boat in Bangladesh's southeast region since 2015. He was the whistle-blower on Thengar Char, later named as Bhasan Char, a controversial island being prepared by Dhaka authorities to relocate Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps.[3] He discovered and reported about the starving Rohingya escapees from Arakan state in 2016 when many Rohingya children died of malnourishment as they were hiding in the border hills for days while starving. [4] He was the lone media witness at Bangladesh-Myanmar frontier of the Myanmar security forces’ mortar-shelling on fleeing Rohingya people.[5][6]


The Foreign Correspondents' Club (Hong Kong) (HKFCC) and Amnesty International jointly awarded Sam and a group of his AFP colleagues in 2018 the Hong Kong Human Rights Press Awards for spot news on Rohingya crisis coverage.[7] In the previous year, he along with AFP Dhaka Bureau Chief Shafiqul Alam won a merit award on feature category covering the same topic.[8]

In the media



  1. "An indelible mark". AFP. 22 September 2017.
  2. "AFP Journalists Recognised for Rohingya Refugee Coverage". AFP. 14 May 2018.
  3. "Bangladesh's Rohingya relocation plan raises concerns". Yahoo News. 14 June 2015.
  4. "Death of a baby as unwanted Rohingya hunt for a home". Business Insider. 26 November 2016.
  5. "Journalist recalls covering the first wave of 2017 Rohingya Crisis". YouTube. 26 August 2018.
  6. "Myanmar troops open fire on civilians fleeing attacks". Al Jazeera. 26 August 2017.
  7. "AFP Journalists Recognised for Rohingya Refugee Coverage". AFP. 14 May 2018.
  8. "21st Human Rights Press Awards Winners". Human Rights Press Awards. 16 May 2017.

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