Bangladesh remains a dangerous country for bloggers

Mar 1, 2016

Photo credit: Getty Images/AFP/M. Uz Zaman

By Arafatul Islam

Even a year after the murder of US-Bangladeshi blogger Avijit Roy, the killers remain at large. Since then, three more bloggers and a publisher have suffered the same fate and many others have fled the country.

The Ekushey book fair is an important annual event for all book lovers and intellectuals in Bangladesh, and the venue was filled to capacity when blogger Avijit Roy and his wife Rafida Bonya Ahmed visited the fairgrounds in the evening of February 26, 2015.

After visiting some bookstalls and signing his books in which he had questioned the existence of God, Roy, along with his wife, walked out of the premises and made their way to their car. All of a sudden, they were attacked by at least three youths wielding machetes. The men hacked Roy to death and seriously injured his wife. The incident was over in a minute, taking place on a crowded street watched over by a police checkpoint.

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