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Bangladesh: Call for UNHRC inquiry into murders

4 May 2016

At least nine writers, bloggers, publishers, academics, and activists have been murdered in Bangladesh since February 2015, including four in the last month alone. Dozens of other individuals including artists face an imminent threat to their lives and livelihoods and live in a state of fear due to a lack …

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Bangladesh: Tibetan art exhibit censored under Chinese pressure

17 February 2016

The Chinese ambassador to Bangladesh, Ma Mingqiang, found the ‘Last Words’ exhibit at the Dhaka Art Summit “offensive” and called for its removal as it featured copies of handwritten letters written by five Tibetans before they self-immolated in protest against the Chinese government, reported ArtNet News on 9 February 2016. …

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Bangladesh: Censorship board blocks minority language film

3 December 2015

The first Chakma language film in Bangladesh has been censored by the Bangladesh Film Censor Board By Pantha Rahman Reza   ‘Mor Thengari’ (‘My Bicycle’) is the first feature film made entirely in Chakma, an indigenous language spoken by the Chakma ethnic minority in Bangladesh. Directed by Aung Rakhine, the …

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Bangladesh: Three poets get death threats

2 September 2015

According to The New Indian Express, Bangladesh police are investigating apparent death threats against six secular writers, days after the murder of a fourth blogger in six months. The six, who include three poets, bloggers and a journalist, all live in the southern city of Barisal and went to police …

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Bangladesh: Music tv channels banned to protect local culture

1 May 2007

The army-backed interim government of Bangladesh has banned the transmission of Music India and nine other foreign television channels for broadcasting programmes contrary to the “culture and values” of Bangladesh. On 25 April 2007 the Bangladeshi ministry of information asked cable operators to stop downlinking Music India, The Music and …

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