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Padraig Reidy: Sentenced to death for not believing in God

Padraig Reidy: Sentenced to death for not believing in God

Washiqur Rahman and Ajivit Roy were killed because they were atheists who refused to keep quiet about their beliefs

Index on Censorship condemns brutal murder of blogger Avijit Roy

Index on Censorship condemns the brutal murder of US-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy. Roy, an atheist who advocated secularism, was hacked to death by a knife-wielding mob in Dhaka as he walked back from a book fair. Index CEO Jodie Ginsberg said: “Our sympathies are with the family of Avijit Roy.

Digital freedom in Bangladesh: Navigating in uncertain waters

Digital freedom in Bangladesh: Navigating in uncertain waters

Bangladesh witnessed the internet take on an increasing role in its socio-political sphere in 2013, Faheem Hussain writes

Future looks fraught in polarised Bangladesh

Future looks fraught in polarised Bangladesh

Dhaka's rival political matriarchs must talk to each other for the good of their country, says Samira Shackle

Bangladesh rejects call for blasphemy law, but atheist bloggers still detained

Padraig Reidy: Bangladesh rejects call for blasphemy law, but atheist bloggers still detained

Bangladesh: Journalist murdered

A journalist has been hacked to death in Bangladesh after reporting on a local drug syndicate. Jamal Uddin from Banglore daily Gramer Kagoj was allegedly kidnapped by syndicate leader Tota Miah and ten other men at 11pm on 15 June. The attackers gauged out one of the journalist’s eyes, slashed veins on

Bangladesh: Journalist brutally attacked with machetes

A group of unidentified assailants attempted to hack off the arm of a journalist in Bangladesh on Saturday (19 May). ABM Fazlur Rahman, from daily Samakal was targeted in the brutal attack after reporting on an obscene dance performance at a university in Pabna. Rahman was contacted by an anonymous caller, asking him to visit Govt

Bangladesh: Facebook pages shut for blasphemy

A Bangladesh court last week ordered government authorities to shut down five Facebook pages and a website for blasphemous content. Judges at the high court in Dhaka ordered the telecommunications regulator, home ministry officials and police to block the offending content after two university lecturers filed a lawsuit complaining that the pages and the site

Bangladesh: TV journalist couple murdered in Dhaka

Two Bangladeshi television journalists have been murdered in Dhaka. Sagar Sarwar, news editor for private TV station Maasranga, and his wife, Meherun Runi, from another private station ATN Bangla were stabbed to death in the early hours of Saturday morning. The well known couple were found by their five-year-old son, who called relatives

Bangladesh: Editor accused of extortion released on bail

The news editor of an online news agency has been released on bail after being held for nearly four months. Ekramul Haq, the editor of recently closed Sheershanews.com, was released from jail in Dhaka at around 4pm, local time, after he was granted bail by the lower court. Haq was arrested

Bangladesh: New broadcast law enforcing censorship

Bangladesh‘s government has passed a new broadcast law which will censor TV programmes and movies. The law, which will go into effect in three months’ time, prevents the broadcasting of content depicting non-Muslim holidays, as well as “kiss scenes” in films on foreign channels.

Bangladesh: Editor arrested for extortion

Muhammad Ekramul Haque, editor and owner of Sheershanews.com and Sheersha Kagoj, was arrested on 31 July by Bangladeshi authorities on a charge of extortion. According to police reports, Haque allegedly threatened to negatively cover a travel agency unless he received 200,000 TK (£1630). In a press release, Sheershanews.com defended the editor, claiming that he

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