Blogger murders in Bangladesh

Blogger murders in Bangladesh


TRANSGENDER MAGAZINE. THIS COMES DAYS AFTER A UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR WAS HACKED TO DEATH. THERE’S BEEN GROWING CONCERN IN BANGLADESH AFTER A SERIES OF MACHETE ATTACKS. ONE YEAR AGO A PROMINENT BLOGGER KNOWN FOR SPEAKING OUT FOR SECULAR REASONS WAS ATTACKED AND KILLED. HIS DAUGHTER WAS INJURED IN THAT ATTACK. I APPRECIATE YOU TAKING THE TIME. I’M CURIOUS TO KNOW WHAT YOUR REACTION WAS, WHAT GOES THROUGH YOUR MIND EACH TIME YOU HEAR ABOUT YET ANOTHER HACKING DEATH OF A SECULARIST WRITER, BLOGGER, WHAT HAVE YOU IN BANGLADESH?>>THIS IS VERY UNFORTUNATE. THIS IS WHAT I’VE BEEN THINKING, IRONICALLY FACEBOOK STATUS YESTERDAY BEFORE THIS KILLING. IF THIS ENCOURAGEMENT OF CULTURE GOES ON BY THE GOVERNMENT MOST PROBABLY NOBODY IS GOING TO BE SAFE AND THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN.>>I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN READING THE LOCAL REPORTS AS WELL AND WHAT THE LEADERS HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT THESE ATTACKS. I’M JUST CURIOUS TO HEAR YOUR REACTION ON THAT AND IT SOUNDS LIKE SOME OF THE LEADERS ARE POLITICIZING WHAT HAPPENED.>>YES. WE’VE BEEN SEEING THIS FROM THE BANGLADESHI GOVERNMENT, LAST YEAR WE’RE SEEING THESE KIND OF LIKE SYSTEMATIC PATTERN OF ASSASSINATION STARTED LAST YEAR AND SEEN ISOLATED KILLINGS LIKE THIS BEFORE BUT SINCE LAST YEAR WE WERE ATTACKED IN BANGLADESH WE HAVE SEEN THESE KIND OF KILLINGS ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND THE REACTION FROM THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN VERY INTERESTING. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY ARE ONLY WORRIED ABOUT POLITICIZING THIS THING TO THEIR OWN INTERESTS. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS, IF. YOU LOOK AT WHAT HAS HAPPENED IN LAST ONE YEAR, THEY HAVE, THE GOVERNMENT HAVE ACTUALLY ARRESTED THE BLOGGERS, THE WRITERS INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, PUNISHING THESE BARBARIANS. THEY’VE CLOSED THE PUBLISHING HOUSES OF THE BOOKS THIS YEAR. THE PRIME MINISTER OPENLY IS SAYINGER THIS NOT GOING TO STAND OR PUT UP WITH THESE KIND OF WRITINGS AND SHE RECENTLY COMPARED THIS KIND OF WRITING WHICH SHE CALLS HURTING THE RELIGIOUS FEELINGS. SHE COMPARED THIS WITH PORNOGRAPHY WRITING AND ON THE OTHER HAND, THE POLICE HASN’T REALLY BEEN PROTECTING THESE BLOGGERS AT ALL. INSTEAD, WE HAVE HEARD COMPLAINTS AFTER COMPLAINTS FROM DIFFERENT BLOGGERS WHO ARE IN HIDING RIGHT NOW. WHEN THEY WENT TO THE POLICE, THE POLICE ACTUALLY TOLD THEM THAT THEY NEED TO JUST LEAVE THE COUNTRY IF THEY WANT TO SAVE THEMSELVES.>>WHEN WE TALK ABOUT ACCOUNTABILITY, BONJA, I SPOKE WITH A PROFESSOR WHO HAS TAUGHT AT UNIVERSITIES IN BANGLADESH LAST HOUR AND HE DID TALK ABOUT THIS CULTURE OF IMPUNITY AND HOW SECURING CONVICTIONS, SEEING THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THESE KINDS OF MURDERS IN A COURTROOM IS REALLY HARD TO COME BY. I’M JUST, I JUST WANTED TO ASK ABOUT YOUR SITUATION, AND YOUR HUSBAND’S CASE, AND WAS THERE ANY ACCOUNTABILITY? I KNOW THERE WERE SOME ARRESTS THAT WERE MADE. WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT?>>ACTUALLY, WE HEAR ABOUT THESE ARRESTS FROM THE POLICE. THEY DO PRESS CONFERENCES, BUT WHAT HAS REALLY HAPPENED, I’M IN VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH THE FBI HERE. WHAT HAS REALLY HAPPENED IS THEY HAVE ARRESTED A FEW PEOPLE, NOT DIRECTLY CONNECTED WITH THIS. WHEN I WAS IN THE ICU, WITHIN THE FOUR DAYS AFTER THE ATTACK, THE FBI AND THE LOCAL POLICE SHOWED ME A FEW VIDEOS CAPTURED FROM THE BOOK FAIR OF LIKE FIVE PEOPLE WHO WERE FOLLOWING US. SO THOUGH THEY KEEP SAYING THAT THEY HAVE ARRESTED A FEW PEOPLE, THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO ARREST ANY OF THOSE FIVE SUSPECTED KILLERS WHO WERE CAUGHT ON THE CAMERAS. SO YOU KNOW, AND THEN THEY KEEP SAYING THEY HAVE PENDING DNA ANALYSIS FROM FBI, BUT THE REALITY IS THAT THEY HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY SAMPLES TO COMPARE THE DNA. SO IT’S NOT ONLY OUR CASE. THE SAME THING IS HAPPENING WITH THE OTHER CASES, THE KILLINGS THAT WE HAVE SEEN LAST YEAR AND ALSO THIS YEAR.>>IT’S JUST ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE AND I CAN’T IMAGINE WHAT YOU AND OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS MUST FEEL WITHOUT HAVING ANY CLOSURE AND REALLY NO SENSE OF JUSTICE. LASTLY, I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT WHAT YOUR HOPES ARE AND WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN TO BRING ABOUT SOME CHANGE TO THIS CULTURE, AS YOU SAY, OF IMPUNITY. I KNOW A LOT OF THE FINGERS ARE BEING POINTED AT THE GOVERNMENT AS WELL. DOES A LOT OF THIS HAVE — DO THE PEOPLE OF BANGLADESH HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PUSH FOR SOME CHANGES?>>EXACTLY. THAT’S WHAT I HAVE BEEN, YOU KNOW, I HAVE BEEN SAYING, EVEN IN MY, YOU KNOW THE FACEBOOK MESSAGE THAT I WAS TALKING ABOUT. I ACTUALLY SAID WHEN THE GOVERNMENT IS NOT, YOU KNOW, SHOWING CLEARLY THEY’RE SHOWING THAT THEY HAVE NO INTEREST TO STOP THESE KIND OF THINGS, INSTEAD THEY ARE ACTUALLY ENCOURAGING IT DIRECTLY AND INDIRECTLY. IT’S ACTUALLY UP TO THE CITIZENS, THE NATION, THE CITIZENS, THE SOCIETY, THE COMMUNITY TO ACTUALLY RISE UP AND DEMAND JUSTICE OR TO DEMAND SOMETHING WHICH WILL PUT AN END TO THIS. OTHERWISE THIS HAS TO COME FROM WITHIN, OTHERWISE THIS WILL NOT BE SOLVED.>>BONA AHMED THANK Y

7 thoughts on “Blogger murders in Bangladesh

  1. CNN needs learn how to spell. They put 'Blogger murders in Bangladesh.' They make it sound like a blogger killed someone. They should have put "Blogger killed in Bangladesh." or "Blogger murdered in Bangladesh."

  2. "…10Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll, because the time is near.
    11Let
    the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person
    continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right;
    and let the holy person continue to be holy.” [Revelation 22;11]

  3. Backward countries are typically poor and have no freedom of speech with rampant atrocious crimes and incapable police force

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