National Press Club has accorded a reception to Roquia Haider, Chief Editor of Bangla Department of Voice of America, for her outstanding contribution to the field of journalism.
The honour was given at a programme presided over by Secretary General of the club Farida Yesmin at the National Press Club on Saturday.
National Press Club and different organisations gave bouquets, crests, books and various gifts to the veteran journalist.
BSS managing director and chief editor Abul Kalam Azad was also present.
In her speech, Roquia Haider said that journalism is a noble profession. There is no disparity between males and females in practicing journalism, she said.
“I had to fight to achieve a better position in journalism. I never lost my confidence. My accession to this career was not smooth. I had to overcome many obstacles to come to this position,” she added.
Speaking on the occasion, Farida Yesmin said: “Female journalists in Bangladesh have to face many adverse situations. Rokeya Haider has achieved this success facing many obstacles.
“Roquia Haider went ahead with confidence. She got this outstanding success for her dedication to the profession.
“We feel proud of Roquia Haider and she is a source of inspiration for female journalists in Bangladesh.”
Roquia Haider graduated from Dhaka Eden College and did her master’s at Dhaka University. She started her career at Chittagong Betar in 1969. She joined Voice of America on October 20, 1981.