Tag: Bangladesh

Bangladeshi Blogger Arrested for Criticizing Islam on Facebook

Bangladeshi blogger was arrested last month for allegedly “insulting Islam” on Facebook posts. The detainee is Mohan Kumar Mondal, a political activist and chief of LEDARS, a local environmental NGO. The blogger was arrested on 26 September in Sathkhira, south west Bangladesh. He is facing charges of publishing material which “hurts or is likely to hurt religious sentiments” under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act. The controversial…

The Bangladeshi Bloggers: List of Death

Four bloggers in Bangladesh have been killed and several were seriously injured this year alone by alleged Islamist extremists, in grisly murders that sparked debate in the Muslim-majority country over freedom of speech. While officially secular, government officials have weighed in, warning journalists not to “cross the limit” when it comes to offending one’s religion. Over 90 per cent of…

Third Secular Bangladeshi Blogger Beaten to Death

Ananta Bijoy Das, a secular blogger in Bangladesh, was hacked to death after allegedly receiving threats from Islamist extremists. The brutal murder of the 32-year-old, in the northwest of the country, is the third of its kind this year. Each of the killings was carried out in similar ways, on busy streets. Das was taken to hospital, where he was…