I fully support the views of Abul Khaer published in The Daily Star on March 29 in the letters section, under the heading, “Freedom of expression must be ensured”. He quite correctly said that people are afraid to express themselves because many individuals have been arrested over allegations of criticising the government.
This is not how things always were. But over the last decade, the suppression of free expression and thought seems to have become the norm. People have to remain silent on many issues that are completely unacceptable over fears of being harassed for speaking up.
In the past, newspapers used to allot a full page for letters. But now they print only a few hundred words in a small corner of a page.
We request the respected editors of newspapers to give more space for people to send in their letters. We have so many things to say that concern the welfare of the country. And we hope that the government will listen to them and that democracy, which seems to be dying in our country, will have a chance to get back on its feet finally.
Nur Jahan, Chattogram