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Yet another Bangladeshi blogger brutally murdered

Shilpi, a cousin of late Bangladeshi blogger Washiqur Rahman Babu, wails outside a morgue at the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Shilpi, a cousin of late Bangladeshi blogger Washiqur Rahman Babu, wails outside a morgue at the Dhaka Medical College in Dhaka, Bangladesh

AP Photo/ A.M. Ahad

UPDATE from International Federation of Journalists: Four charged for Bangladeshi blogger murder (9 April 2015)

This statement was originally published on rsf.org on 30 March 2015.

Washiqur Rahman, a 27-year-old blogger, was hacked to death with machetes today by three men in Tejgaon, an industrial district of Dhaka. Police arrested two of the men but the third got away.

Police told local media that Rahman's blog posts were the motive for the attack but did not mention any in particular.

“We are appalled by this latest barbaric act and the additional threat it represents for freedom of expression and information, which is already endangered by the almost daily violence to which bloggers and journalists are exposed in Bangladesh,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.

“We offer our condolences to Rahman's family and friends, we condemn the government's failure to protect bloggers, especially those who cover or comment on religion, fundamental freedoms and extremism of all kinds, and we again urge the prime minister to combat this growing violence or else all non-religious thinkers will flee and strict self-censorship will dominate all public debate in Bangladesh.”

When unidentified individuals slew writer and blogger Avijit Roy and badly injured his wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, in Dhaka on 26 February, Reporters Without Borders condemned the inadequacy of the resources deployed to bring the perpetrators and instigators of crimes against journalists and bloggers to justice.

Reporters Without Borders also urged the authorities to allocate resources to protect bloggers who are the targets of online threats by radical religious groups and bloggers known for their commitment to freedom of expression.

Rahman is the third blogger to be killed since the start of 2013 in Bangladesh, which is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
What other IFEX members are saying
  • Second blogger killed in brutal attack in one month

    PEN is deeply alarmed at the ongoing pattern of violence against writers and journalists in Bangladesh, who appear to be targeted with impunity solely for the peaceful expression of their views, and calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure that the necessary measures are taken to bring all the perpetrators to justice.

  • Bangladesh: ARTICLE 19 responds to the tragic murder of blogger Washiqur Rahman

    It is tragic that we have witnessed once again the murder of another young blogger, so soon after the death of Avijit Roy. We strongly condemn the attack, and call for a prompt and open investigation to ensure the perpetrators, and masterminds of this crime, are brought to justice.

  • Second blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

    "The Bangladeshi government must urgently establish accountability in this murder case and others--otherwise the rest of the country's bloggers, commentators, and journalists covering sensitive topics remain at grave risk of being attacked as well," said CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Bob Dietz. "We call on Bangladeshi authorities to ensure a thorough, effective, and timely investigation into the killing of Washiqur Rahman Babu."

  • Second blogger brutally killed in Bangladesh
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