US blogger’s killing ‘exposes level of political volatility’ in Bangladesh

The killing of Avijit Roy underscores the fact that there is an emerging pattern in Bangladesh to silence the opinions of those that certain radical elements perceive as being a threat, Dr. Tazreena Sajjad tells DW.

The recent killing of Avijit Roy, a US writer and blogger of Bangladeshi origin, by machete-wielding men in the South Asian nation’s capital Dhaka has turned focus on the state of freedom of expression in Bangladesh. Roy’s wife Rafida Ahmed also suffered head injuries and lost a finger in the attack.

An outspoken atheist, Roy was a critic of extremist Islam and the intertwining of religion and politics. He was also prolific online; his blog had been selected as a nominee for the 2014 Deutsche Welle Bobs award for online activism.
The violent attack follows a spate of similar incidents in the country in recent years, and drew condemnation from across the world.
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