Bangladesh`s friend British journalist Simon Dring dies
Published: 03:37 PM, 20 July 2021 Updated: 08:16 PM, 20 July 2021
British journalist Simon Dring
Simon Dring, an internationally renowned British journalist who stood by the Bengalis during the war of liberation, has died at the age of 76, Indian newspaper The Eastern Link reports.
He died in London last Friday during lower abdominal surgery.
Simon Dring was born in 1945 in England. He has worked as a television producer and presenter since he was 18 years old. Has seen 22 wars, coups, and revolutions.
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 organizations.
He later held positions at the BBC and The Telegraph, reporting from Biafra, Bangladesh, Eritrea, and many other countries.
Simon Dring was the first foreign journalist to witness the genocide in Bangladesh, who risked his life to report on the horrific torture and genocide by Pakistani forces.
Simon Dring was associated with Ekushey Television, the first private terrestrial television channel in Bangladesh. He left the BBC in 1997 and became the managing director of Ekushey. He is one of the architects of the modernity of private television in Bangladesh.