Attacks against journalists marred the final week of election campaigning in Bangladesh.
Draconian cyber laws and surveillance of social media are some of the tools used by the government of Bangladesh to target critics ahead of elections scheduled for January 2019.
The Digital Security Act has provisions curtailing freedom of expression and independent journalism.
The veteran photojournalist was arrested after reporting about the student protests in Dhaka, and detained for allegedly “making provocative comments”. Civil society organisations have expressed deep concern about the use of laws such as the Information Communications Technology Act to legally harass journalists like Alam.
Journalists were targeted by security forces and pro-government supporters as student protests escalate in Bangladesh.
The editor of the opposition-aligned Amar Desh daily was attacked by a pro-government mob
Brutal attacks on secular bloggers and writers are not new in Bangladesh.
Groups urge the repeal of section 57 of the ICT Act which is used to arrest government critics.
The bill proposes life sentences for spreading negative propaganda against the Liberation War or the Father of the Nation.
The blogger faces between seven and fourteen years imprisonment for a ‘blasphemous’ Facebook post.
Concerns grow over the continuing arrests of journalists under amended Bangladeshi law.
Over the past four months in Bangladesh, more than twenty journalists have been sued under the country’s 2013 Information and Communication Technology Act.
Bangladesh law enforcement authorities have illegally detained hundreds of people since 2013, including scores of opposition activists, and held them in secret detention, Human Rights Watch said in a new report.
On the first anniversary of the killings of Xulhuz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy, a Bangla-language blog called “Dhee” was launched to commemorate the victims and raise awareness of the plight of the LGBT community.