Free Speech

January 18, 2023
January 18, 2023

How can breaching citizens’ privacy be lawful?

We should be concerned about the deployment of surveillance tech without any judicial oversight

December 11, 2022
December 11, 2022

Journalists need regular salaries, institutional support, says Nadeem Qadir at book launch

Qadir’s book includes insight on the origins and evolution of journalism in Bangladesh, firsthand experiences of journalists who have struggled and resigned from large media houses, research and case studies, and proposed solutions.  

December 9, 2022
December 9, 2022

On free speech and Milton’s 'Areopagitica'

Milton shows how the erroneous use of censorship laws have hindered progress even in the quest for scientific truth.

September 17, 2022
September 17, 2022

ULAB Literary Salon to discuss freedom of speech today

Writers of both fiction and non-fiction have come under increasing pressure and censorship across South Asia. To discuss these issues, the fifth ULAB Lit Salon brings together a diverse group of experts drawn from policy and its practice, publishing, and media.

August 12, 2022
August 12, 2022
May 3, 2022
May 3, 2022

World Press Freedom Day: Speak now or forever hold your tongue

Essentially, if someone expresses a critical view of the achievement of Bangladesh’s Liberation War, or the country’s relationship with another nation in a Facebook status, or even in a private message between friends on WhatsApp, that individual could be subjected to criminal punishment under the DSA, intrusive surveillance under the data protection law, or censorship under the digital, social media and OTT platform regulations. 

April 30, 2022
April 30, 2022

I have every right to return to my country: Taslima Nasrin

Ever so outspoken, ever so controversial – Taslima Nasrin has continued to advocate for free speech over the years, even after she was forced to leave Bangladesh in 1994.

November 15, 2017
November 15, 2017

Rights watchers slam Myanmar’s ban on protests in biggest city

Human rights monitors urge Myanmar to withdraw a ban on protests in its largest city, Yangon, amid fears that free speech is under pressure under the government led by democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi.

April 2, 2017
April 2, 2017

Blogger Rajib murder: Death for 2 confirmed

The High Court confirms death for two people and different terms in jail for six others for killing blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The two death row convicts -- Redwanul Azad Rana, Faisal Bin Nayem alias Dweep -- were students of a private university.

April 9, 2016
April 9, 2016

Another threat to free speech?

Bangladesh Law Commission has drafted proposals for a law to criminalise the distortion or denial of any documents or events connected with our Liberation War.