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Saleem Samad is an award-winning investigative journalist, columnist, and media rights defender. He is correspondent of Paris based international media rights watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) since 1994.

He is the General Secretary of Forum for Freedom of Expression, Bangladesh (FExB), a platform of international media and digital rights defenders.

Saleem was a Special Correspondent for The Bangladesh Observer, the Daily Observer, and the Asian Age until 2021. His articles appeared in Time Asia magazine (Hong Kong), India Today, Outlook magazines in India, Times of India newspaper.


Saleem is a recipient of the Washington based prestigious Ashoka Fellowship (1991-1994) for agenda-setting journalism and Hellman-Hammett award (2005), New York.

He studied at Colorado State University (1994), Fort Collins, Colorado, USA and also at the Advocacy Institute (1996), Washington DC under Ford Foundation fellowship programme.

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