REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS – After men with machetes killed writer and blogger Avijit Roy, founder of mukto-mona.com ((« free thinking ») and seriously injured his wife, Rafida Ahmed Banna, on a Dhaka street yesterday, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to take unprecedented measures to protect bloggers and combat impunity for those who attack them
Roy, who had US and Bangladeshi dual citizenship and normally resided in the United States, had just left a book fair near the University of Dhaka with his wife when they were attacked.
After dealing Roy a mortal blow to the head and severing one his wife’s fingers, the attackers dropped their machetes and fled. Roy was rushed to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital where he was pronounced dead on the operating table.
The Islamist militant group Ansar al Islam claimed responsibility for Roy’s murder in a series of messages on its Twitter account, Ansar Bangla 7. One of the tweets said: “The target was an American citizen.. 2 in 1. #America recently martyred 2 of our brothers in #Khurasan & #Shaam. #Revenge+#Punishment.”
“We are shocked by this act of barbarity and offer our condolences to his wife and his family,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.
“The measures so far taken have not led to the arrest and trial of the perpetrators and instigators of crimes of violence against journalists and bloggers. The police and judicial authorities need to focus on the right target. It is unacceptable for them to spend so much time searching news outlets, arresting journalists, censoring news and investigating bloggers, when the many attacks on bloggers are still unpunished.”
The author of such books as “Biswaser Virus” (Virus of Faith) and “Sunyo theke Mahabiswa” (From Vacuum to the Great World), Roy had often been the target of vitriolic criticism from Islamist groups, which had repeatedly threatened to kill him in connection with this writing.
According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the blogger Subrata Audhikary Shuvo could the next target of the radical Islamists, who sentenced him to death after he was arrested under the blasphemy law in May 2013 and have been threatening him ever since.
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