Renowned Journalist Fahim Munaim passes away

Syed Fahim Munaim, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Editor of Maasranga Television, has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 62.

Son of late Syed Nuruddin, Munaim breathed his last at his Gulshan residence around 6:15am today. Touhidur Rahman, special correspondent for the Maasranga  television channel confirmed the news. 

Decision on his burial will be finalise after his two sons reach Dhaka from abroad. Till then, the body will be kept at Square Hospital’s mortuary, according to Maasranga Television.

Munaim had a long career in news media.  After ' Daily Sangbad', 'Morning Sun' and UNB, Munaim served as managing editor of The Daily Star since 1996 before starting to work as press secretary to the then chief adviser of caretaker government in 2007.

He joined The Daily Star on June 10, 1996 as deputy managing editor and was promoted to the post of the managing editor on December 1 in the following year. Munaim became executive editor of the newspaper on February 1, 2010.

In March of 2010, he joined Maasranga Television, a concern of Square Group, as the chief executive officer and chief editor. He was also made ambassador to Indonesia in 2008. He also worked as press councillor at Bangladesh embassy in Tokyo.

Born in July 4, 1953, Munaim in his professional career held the position of an executive director at the Sangbad and managing editor at the Morning Sun, news agency UNB and weekly Dhaka Courier.

Fahim Munaim is also a well-known TV personality. He earned huge popularity among journalists during his stint there.

Immediately after his death, his well-wishers and acquaintances on Facebook paid tribute to his work and life saying

“... I can't believe that you are gone so young. You were a friend, mentor, and role model, and we are all the poorer for your passing,” says Zafar Sobhan, the editor of Dhaka Tribune, on his Facebook profile.

A former Daily Star reporter, Mustak Hossain, writes: "I'm just speechless at the sudden demise of our respected and loved Syed Fahim Munaim (Tipu) bhai. He was one of my mentors and source of inspiration at The Daily Star. It is hard to believe that always smiling Fahim bhai would not able to guide us anymore at our difficult times. Rest in peace Fahim bhai. Please keep him in your prayers..."

“Our beloved Syed Fahim Munaim Bhai of Mirzapur Cadet College (MCC) & also a member of CCCL, breathed his last today at 6.15am at his residence at Gulshan. Innah Lillahi Wainna Ilaihi Rajiun. It was due to a massive heart attack. He was the CEO of Maasranga TV. Decision of Namaz e Janaja will be taken after the arrival of his two sons, who are living abroad. Let us all pray for his departed soul,” writes one of his acquaintances Nafiz Ahmed Momen.

He left behind his wife, three sons, admirers and friends to mourn his death. expresses deep grief in this prominent journalist's death.