freedom of speech

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.

April 17, 2022
April 17, 2022

Draft OTT regulations: They'll be threat to free speech, says speakers at webinar

The government’s draft regulation for digital, social media and OTT platforms will be a threat to freedom of speech and people’s basic rights, experts said yesterday.

April 16, 2022
April 16, 2022

Draft regulation for digital, social media, OTTs a threat to freedom of speech: Experts

The government’s draft regulation for digital, social media and OTT platforms will be a threat to freedom of speech and curb people’s basic rights, experts said today.

February 10, 2019
February 10, 2019

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.

September 21, 2018
September 21, 2018

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.

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.