freedom of expression

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 25, 2022
April 25, 2022

'Barriers to freedom of expression bringing country to a standstill'

Nineteen eminent citizens today (April 25, 2022) protested the detention of Syeda Ratna, a community leader trying to save the Tentultala playground and her 17-year-old son.

April 21, 2022
April 21, 2022

When sentiments reign over reason

Some of us may breathe a sigh of relief that Hriday Mondal, imprisoned for 19 days and denied bail twice, for trying to explain the difference between science and religion to his students, has been granted bail.

September 10, 2018
September 10, 2018

How are we doing — as human beings?

It is one of the biggest paradoxes of present time — the contradiction of having the most remarkable advancements in technology with the most regressive developments in human civilisation.

April 10, 2018
April 10, 2018

Digital Security Bill: 'Subsection to be added if necessary'

Law Minister Anisul Huq says that a subsection will be included in the proposed digital security act if it is necessary for removing confusion over the freedom of expression.

November 14, 2017
November 14, 2017

‘Bangladesh partly free in internet freedom’

Bangladesh is “party free” in terms of using internet, according to the latest report of Freedom House.

May 3, 2017
May 3, 2017

2016 repressive for Bangladesh press freedom: ARTICLE 19

Marking 2016 a repressive year for press freedom in Bangladesh, London-based ARTICLE 19, an NGO defending freedom of expression, says 320 violations, including murders, abductions and threats against journalists, took place within that period.

October 29, 2016
October 29, 2016

Digital Security Act, 2016

The draft Digital Security Act 2016, intended to address the need for cyber-crime legislation, according to the authorities, was approved on August 22, 2016, by the Cabinet. But members of civil society, media and activists have already expressed their concerns over the draft law impinging upon people's freedom of expression.

June 25, 2016
June 25, 2016

Concern over 'worsening' freedom of expression

Expressing concern over the “worsening” state of freedom of expression in Bangladesh, the International Publishers Association (IPA)

June 15, 2016
June 15, 2016

Govt repression on media on: Khaleda

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia alleges that the government has continued its repression on journalists and threats to the media.