freedom of speech

January 27, 2023
January 27, 2023

Clarification, or admission of guilt?

The worst part in the academy's attempt to clear the air is the admission in its statement that it had not read the alleged offending book before deciding to exclude its publisher from the exhibition.

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

January 9, 2023
January 9, 2023

Can we justify censorship in culture?

The panel spoke broadly about censorship, #MeToo movement, mob mentality, cancel culture, JK Rowling, and social media echo chambers. 

December 27, 2022
December 27, 2022

A slap on the face of our democracy

The political culture that has been bred in the country by the ruling party is one of impunity, where party members are, directly or indirectly, encouraged to violently suppress dissenting voices. The slapping of Inamul Haque is merely a result of that attitude.

December 4, 2022
December 4, 2022

Elon Musk's Not-so-Hidden Agenda

Why would the world’s richest man want to undermine the legitimacy of democracy itself?

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.

September 13, 2022
September 13, 2022

When the state defeats its people

The draconian Digital Security Act (DSA) strikes again, and most worryingly, in collusion with communal bigotry.

August 26, 2022
August 26, 2022

Bangladesh Press Council: Is the protector turning into a ‘predator’?

What is of serious concern for us is the secrecy with which the Press Council has dealt with the matter.

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 21, 2022
April 21, 2022

Ramadan Maghfirat: How I channelled my rage into inspiration for Sehri Tales

I channelled my hurt, anger and frustration into poetry and flash fiction that had nothing to do with my agitator and her cronies.