Bangladesh

Persistent suppression of critics in Bangladesh following elections

In the last few months, the authorities have continued to censor or ban news websites or blogs and use defamation laws such as the Digital Security Act to criminalise journalists and government critics. Read more

Persistent suppression of  critics in Bangladesh following elections

Opposition under assault and news websites blocked ahead of Bangladeshi elections

Bangladesh security forces have been arresting and intimidating opposition figures and blocked 54 news websites in advance of national elections on 30th December 2018 Read more

Opposition under assault and news websites blocked ahead of  Bangladeshi elections

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

A smear campaign has been unleashed by government-aligned media in Bangladesh against local human rights group Odhikar Read more

Smear campaign against leading human rights group, as elections loom

Repressive laws and tactics used to silence critics as Bangladesh elected to UN Human Rights body

Over the last month government critics have continued to be criminalised, while the authorities have embarked upon intensive and intrusive surveillance and monitoring of social media ahead of national elections due in Bangladesh by January 2019 Read more

Repressive laws and tactics used to silence critics as Bangladesh elected to UN Human Rights body

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

In early August 2018, police used excessive force, including firing rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse peaceful demonstrations in Dhaka which were triggered by the killing of two teenagers by a speeding bus . Protesters were also attacked by youth wing of the ruling party.. Since then around a hundred individuals have been charged Read more

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam still in jail and a hundred charged, a month after student protests

Student wing of ruling party attacking activists, academics and journalists with impunity

The Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) - the student wing of the ruling party Bangladesh Awami League (BAL) have been attacking quota reform student activists, academics and journalists with impunity Read more

Student wing of ruling party attacking activists, academics and journalists with impunity

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

In early April 2018, the police together with the student wing of the ruling party unleashed violence against students protesting in Dhaka against the quota system. Read more

Students protesters attacked as ruling party cracks down on dissent

Passage of Digital Security Act could impose further restrictions on freedom of expression

The Bangladesh cabinet has approved a draft digital security law that could curb freedom of speech and expression as well as impede independent journalism. Read more

Passage of Digital Security Act could impose further restrictions on freedom of expression

Journalists attacked by thugs aligned with ruling party

As we've previously covered in the CIVICUS Monitor, journalists in Bangladesh face a myriad of threats from government groups, Bangladeshi security forces and religious extremists. On 28th October 2017, several journalists of national newspapers and private television channels were attacked by a mob who are allegedly affiliated to Bangladesh's ruling political party, the Awami League. Read more

Journalists attacked by thugs aligned with ruling party