16 June post

Posted in activism, history, Rights by jrahman on June 8, 2010

On 16 June 1975, Bangladesh government shut down all but four of the country’s newspapers.  All four newspapers were state-owned.  Bangladesh was under a one party state then, headed by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. 

His party, the Awami League, is in power now, headed by his daughter Sheikh Hasina Wajed.  The Awami League has two-thirds majority in the parliament, and if it so wishes, it can push through any set of draconian measures.  It has already gagged the electronic and print media in ways not seen in decades. 

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the worst assault on free speech in Bangladesh.  To mark this, and to protest the worsening situation today, there will be a blank post on the 16th. 

Conscientous believers in free speech should join.

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