Category : Bangladesh

“I have a name”: A Bangladeshi blogger on why he risked his life letting his identity be known

After the brutal murders of other writers in his country, Ananya Azad moved to Germany when he began to receive death threats.

Leading Nepal editor speaks out about independent media facing censorship in South Asia

After 29 years of circulation, Himal Southasian, which claims to be the only analytical and regional news magazine for South Asia, will cease to publish as of November 2016.

Contents: The unnamed

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson writes on the damage done when her cover was blown, journalist John Lloyd looks at how terrorist attacks have affected surveillance needs worldwide, Bangladeshi blogger Ananya Azad explains why he was forced into exile after violent attacks on secular writers, philosopher Julian Baggini looks at the power of literary aliases through the ages, Edward Lucas shares The Economist's perspective on keeping its writers unnamed

Press freedom groups call on Bangladesh to release British journalist

International groups have written to Bangladesh's government about the ongoing detention of Shafik Rehman, an elderly journalist.

After Charlie Hebdo: The free speech fight begins at home

Threats against freedom of expression come in all shapes and sizes. We need to stand up to the bullies together.

Samira Shackle: Little comfort for Bangladesh’s secular bloggers

Facing the double threat of extremist violence and state repression, Bangladeshi bloggers daring to speak up for secular values are fighting for their lives

Youth Advisory Board urges Bangladeshi government to help bloggers

Secular bloggers in Bangladesh are fearing for their lives as four fellow bloggers were killed by machete-wielding extremists in the country earlier

Bangladesh must act against impunity

Index on Censorship deplores the killing of blogger Niloy Chakrabarti in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and calls on the authorities to investigate the murder and ensure that those responsible are found and brought to justice.

July 2: Fighting Machetes with Pens – The Voltaire Lecture 2015 (partner event)

On 26 February this year, Bonya Ahmed and her husband Avijit Roy, both humanist bloggers, were visiting the national book fair of Bangladesh. Just outside Dhaka University, they were attacked with machetes by Islamic fundamentalists. Ahmed was severely wounded and Roy himself was killed. In the British Humanist Association’s 2015 Voltaire Lecture, Ahmed will make her first public appearance since […]

Index condemns murder of Bangladeshi secular blogger

Index on Censorship condemns the brutal murder of Bangladeshi blogger Ananta Bijoy Das — the third such attack since February. AFP reported that attackers wearing masks hacked atheist blogger Das to death with machetes. The murder follows that of fellow atheist Avijit Roy, a blogger who advocated secularism, and who was hacked to death by a […]

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. Roy was targeted simply for […]