Tuesday, May 19, 2015

JFA decries bloggers’ killings in Bangladesh

 JFA decries bloggers' killings in Bangladesh

JFA decries bloggers' killings in Bangladesh
Guwahati: Journalists' Forum Assam (JFA) has expressed serious concern
over the killing of third bloggers in Bangladesh this year and urged
the Sheikh Hasina led government in Dhaka to probe into the matter
authentically to book the culprits under the respective laws. The
media reports from southeast Asian nation reveal that the miscreants
killed the third Bangladeshi blogger named Ananta Bijoy Das (around 30
years old) in Sylhet  this week.
Prior to him, a US based Bengali blogger Avijit Roy (42) and
Bangladeshi writer Washiqur Rahman (26) were hacked to death in the
national capital. Unconfirmed source claims that all three secular
bloggers were assassinated for their online articles advocating
reforms in various Islamic laws by the ultraconservative Islamist
elements, which are gaining grounds in the Muslim dominated country.
Though claimed as a secular democratic country, Bangladesh's legal
system is partially based on Islamic laws.
"The Bangladesh government must take urgent steps to ensure the
security of critical bloggers in the country," said a statement issued
by New York based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). The CPJ also
argued that the Hasina government should show its  commitment in
curbing this violent trend by immediately finding Das's killers and
bringing them to justice.
The JFA, while urging the Bangladesh authorities to take visible
actions against the religious fanatics in the poverty stricken
populous country, also extends its moral support to the secular and
democratic forces in their relentless fights against the intolerance
shown to the free thinkers in the country.
Issued by: Rupam Barua, President, JFA and Nava Thakuria, Secretary, JFA


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