Speakers at a condolence meeting Wednesday said that the nation would feel the absence of Enayetullah Khan for long, as he belonged to the rare breed of courageous people, reports BDNEWS.
They also condoled his demise saying that the need of his presence was felt much more at present when the freedom of press is threatened.
The observation came from the condolence meeting organised by the Barisal Division Development Forum at the Poet Sufia Kamal auditorium of the National Museum.
People from different strata of life, including a number of people from Barisal now resident in Dhaka, attended the meeting to pay their regards and express their love for the eminent journalist late Enayetullah Khan, the editor of Daily New Age and the editor-in-chief of the Weekly Holiday.
Dr Kamal Hossain, chief guest of the meeting, termed Enayetullah Khan as a man with a different outlook and he had a habit to differ with the tradition.
Referring to various bold writings of Khan, Dr Kamal said that he had the courage to speak out even the bitter truth.
Editor of the Daily Samakal Golam Sarwar recalled the contribution of Khan in getting the declaration of the daily. He said that Khan's death created a vacuum that cannot be filled in the professional arena of journalism.
"His absence is felt strongly now-a-days when trial of journalists in the speedy trial tribunal was being discussed in the Jatiya Sangsad too," Sarwar regretted.
Khan's younger brother Rashed Khan Menon also, the president of Workers' Party, expressed gratitude to all on behalf of their family for remembering his brother.
Editor-in-charge of New Age Nurul Kabir shared his personal experiences as a colleague of Khan and said he possessed his own political views that often differed from the party or personnel he was involved with.
Meanwhile, the Babuganj Upazila Association in Dhaka will organise a memorial meeting on Khan on November 30 at the IEB auditorium.