Suprovat Sydney, the leading Australian-Bangladeshi community newspaper published monthly celebrated its 10th anniversary held on Saturday 27 July at the Embassy Conference Centre in Sydney.
The delightful event was joined by various distinguished guests from political, social, civil, educational and media sectors. Several dignitaries have expressed their good wishes for Suprovat Sydney and exchanged their opinion regarding the importance of community media.
The MC for the night was Shibly Abdullah, an emerging Bangladeshi young professional and a lecturer of Charles Sturt University.
The program Commenced with the recitation from Holy Qur’an by Imam Almedin Skopljakovic.
Abdullah Yousuf Shamim, the Editor-in-Chief of Suprovat Sydney, thanked everyone for being with Suprovat Sydney during its journey in serving the community without fear or favour. He also thanked the sponsors and volunteers for making this anniversary event successful.
Participating guests were enlightened to listen from dignitaries, among them were Honourable Tony Burke MP, Manager of Opposition Business and the Member of Watson, Honourable Matt Thistlethwaite MP for Kingsford Smith, Senator Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Honourable Jihad Dib MP for Lakemba, Clr Khal Asfour, Mayor of Canterbury-Bankstown City Council, Former Senator Lee Rhiannon, Superintendent Paul Carrett, representing NSW Police Commissioner and Dr Enam Hoque, President of Sydney Press and Media Council.
The speakers shed light on the importance of community media in a multicultural society such as Australia where people from various cultural heritages and languages come together to create a progressive and prosperous society.
Many a times when mainstream media fail to represent everyone in this society, community media fill in that vacuum by introducing those untold stories and thus it makes a very significant contribution in building the stories of all 25 million Australians.
The speakers have also mentioned prevailing stereotyping and discrimination in media where community media come forward and stand as the voice for unheard migrant communities.
There was a short video presentation, consisted of the significant contributions of Suprovat Sydney as a community newspaper for Bengali-speaking Australians and migrants as well as snippets of reflection on major events during its journey over the last ten years.
Engineer Habibur Rahman, a young Bangladeshi-origin cultural activist, recited a poem on the sufferings of people victimised by tyrants and unjust oppressors.
Suprovat Sydney awarded various significant community organisations and personalities for their community services.
Among the awardees were Rubinah Ahmad, Multimedia Technology Manager, Australasian Muslim Times AMUST, Abdul Matin, Sydney Press and Media Council, Bangladeshi Senior Citizens of Australia, Bangladesh Association of NSW, Ziad al Daoud, Issam Obeid, Faisal Halim, Al Walid Miziab, Shapla Shaluk Lions Club, Dr Rafic Hussein on behalf of Muslim Community Radio, Dr Frank Alafaci, Dr Jan Ali, Hasan Kureshi, Ashok Kumar and Vratislav Ricardo.
The Australasian Muslim Times AMUST and Shapla Shaluk Lions Club also gave awards to Suprovat Sydney for their contribution to the multicultural community.
Suprovat Sydney team led by its Editor-in-Chief Abdullah Yousuf Shamim, Editor Dr Faroque Amin, Reporters Gholam Mostafa, Fuad Kabir and Abul Bashar received the awards from Zia Ahmad, Mehar Ahmad, and Lion Dr Moinul Islam.
This enchanting event of Suprovat Sydney’s 10th anniversary was concluded with dinner with traditional Bangladeshi cuisine served for the guests.