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  • CPJ demands Pakistani journo’s release

    The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) calls on Pakistani authorities to immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against Rizwan-ur-Rehman Razi, a TV host for Din News, a privately-owned Urdu-language news station in Lahore.

  • A sad day for freedom of speech

    It is regrettable that the Digital Security Bill has been enacted into law in spite of the objections from all concerned. The bill effectively curtails the freedom of speech and thus the very fundamentals on which democracy is built. If a law is meant to deliver greater good to the greater mass then the new Act, we are afraid, cannot pass the test.

  • 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.

  • BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia

    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.

  • Concern over extremism, shrinking of political space

    Terming political situation in Bangladesh worrying, members of the European Parliament (EP) called for dialogue between democratic parties of the country to reach a political consensus, and for greater respect for freedom of speech.

  • Pakistani activist murdered in Karachi

    A prominent Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, is shot dead in Karachi.

  • Who says we're not free?

    Last week, Freedom House, an independent watchdog organisation that conducts research and advocacy on democracy, political freedom...

  • Amnesty urges action to stop attacks on secular activists

    Amnesty International today urges the Bangladesh authorities to ensure protection of activists and writers who are under threat.

  • Journo leaders concerned over ‘threat’ to Star, its editor

    Journalist leaders today express their deep concern over the threats to shut leading English newspaper The Daily Star and arrest its editor.

  • 2 arrested for Facebook status on hajj

    Two people arrested from Satkhira's Shyamnagar upazila over allegedly posting Facebook status demeaning hajj.

  • 5 Ansarullah men to be charged for Oyasiqur killing: DMP

    Detectives will submit charge sheet against five members of Ansarullah Bangla Team and several unknown persons in blogger Oyasiqur Rahman killing case.

  • Witness identifies blogger Niloy’s killer, cops say

    A witness identifies one of the four suspects held in connection with blogger Niloy murder, confirming that he took part in the August 7 grisly killing at Goran neighbourhood in Dhaka, cops say.

  • Open letter urges arrest of ‘blogger-killers’

    Following a string of brutal “machete” murders of Bangladeshi bloggers, an open letter today calls upon the Bangladeshi government to stop “victim-blaming” the bloggers and focus on catching the extremists who are murdering them.

  • Free speech under attack as never before: HRW

    Human Rights Watch today observed that the free speech in Bangladesh is under attack as never before in the country.

  • CPJ demands journo Probir’s release

    Committee to Protect Journalists calls upon the government to release journalist Probir Sikdar immediately.

  • Failure to stop bloggers' killers frustrates people

    With the fifth murder of a blogger spreading a wave of frustration among the general public, The Daily Star talked to people on the Dhaka University campus today to know what they were thinking about the situation.

  • Blogger murders worry 150 authors including Rushdie

    Leading authors, including Salman Rushdie and fellow Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood and Yann Martell, call on Bangladesh's government to put an end to a spate of deadly attacks on atheist bloggers.

  • India court scraps online arrest law

    India's Supreme Court strikes down a controversial law which allows police to arrest people for comments on social networks and other internet sites

  • freedom of speech and expression

    Fear and freedom

    IN his speech on January 6, 1941, 22nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt said: “A world founded upon four essential freedoms. The first is freedom of speech and expression … everywhere in the world.