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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Islamists hacked to death secular Blogger in Bangladesh
Bloggers Attacked Again
Everywhere in the world Bloggers are being attacked, murdered or jailed for daring to speak their version of the truth. God bless you all for standing up for freedom.
(CNN) - When American writer Avijit Roy was hacked to death on a Dhaka, Bangladesh, street in full view of horrified onlookers, blogger Washiqur Rahman doubled down.
Fundamentalists were choking free thought in his secular nation, he wrote. But they couldn't silence it.
His friends warned him to be careful, to watch what he posted online. But Rahman dismissed those concerns, saying his Facebook profile page didn't even bear his picture. They don't even know what I look like, he told them.
Hacked to Death
On Monday, the 27-year-old Rahman fell victim to the same brazen act that killed Roy, hacked to death by two men with knives and meat cleavers just outside his house as he headed to work at a travel agency.
He was so maimed -- with wounds to his head, face and neck -- that police identified him through the voter identification card he was carrying.
His death was the second time in five weeks that someone was killed in Dhaka for online posts critical of Islam -- but they are hardly the only two who've paid a steep price.
In the last two years, several bloggers have died, either murdered or under mysterious circumstances.
"The despicable murder of Avijit Roy last month should have led authorities to step up protection measures for bloggers and others at risk. The killing of Washiqur Rahman today is another clear example of the Bangladeshi government's utter failure to ensure the safety of those at risk," said Abbas Faiz of Amnesty International.
"How many more bloggers will have to be attacked before action is taken?"