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25 August 2014

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Critics Fear Bangladesh's New Media Monitoring Policy Will Stifle Free Expression

Many have raised questions about the new draft broadcasting policy of Bangladesh -- analysts say it is regressive and will control the media.

20 August 2014

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SMS Death Threats Stoke Fears on Fate of Abducted Journalist in Maldives

The messages came just before the unexplained disappearance of journalist and democracy advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla.

18 August 2014

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Journalist and Democracy Advocate Ahmed Rizwan Abdulla Missing in the Maldives

The prolific social media user is vocal against hatred in the name of religion and has not been shy about criticizing the Maldives Islamist Adhaalath Party and other political parties.

1 April 2014

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Teenage Bloggers in Bangladesh Arrested For ‘Blasphemous’ Facebook Posts

Fellow bloggers have accused an Islamist student organization of distributing false propaganda that rallied a mob against the two bloggers and led to their arrest.

11 June 2013

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Bangladesh Unblocks YouTube After Eight-Month Ban

Bangladesh's telecommunication authorities have unblocked YouTube in Bangladesh after 260 days of restricting access within the country to the video sharing website.

6 April 2013

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Bangladesh: Global Voices Condemns Assault on Bloggers

The Global Voices community, comprised of bloggers, writers, and activists from more than 100 countries, wish to express our concern about the current state of freedom of expression online in Bangladesh. We call for the immediate release of detained bloggers and urge government actors to uphold their commitments to national law and international human rights doctrine.

2 April 2013

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Accused of Blasphemy, Three Bloggers Detained in Bangladesh

The Detective Branch of Bangladesh Police has detained three bloggers- Rasel Parvez, Mashiur Rahman Biplob & Subrata Adhikari Shuvo yesterday night for their alleged write-ups demeaning Islam and Prophet Muhammad. Since yesterday the community blogging platform Amarblog.com has become inaccessible from Bangladesh. It is yet to be known whether the authorities have blocked it and why.