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Bangladesh: Taslima Nasreen on attacks on writers

Saturday 28 February 2015, by siawi3

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Kolkata, February 28, 2015
Updated: February 28, 2015 07:16 IST
Taslima condemns attack

Kolkata Bureau

“Such attacks on writers is nothing new in Bangladesh: Taslima

Condemning the murder of Bangaldeshi writer Avijit Roy, author Taslima Nasreen said on Friday that his criticism of all kinds of “religious fundamentalism†may have caused the attack.

Roy, the founder of a popular blog-site, Mukto-Mona (Free Mind) that advocated liberal and secular writings, was hacked to death by miscreants on Thursday when he was returning from a book fair with his wife.

“It was Avijit’s criticism of all kinds of religious fundamentalism including Islamic fundamentalism that may have been the cause behind the murder,†Ms. Nasreen, who knew Mr. Roy for about two decades, told TheHindu. She also said that such attacks on writers “is nothing new†in Bangladesh.

“There is no freedom of speech in Bangladesh. Such murders of writers had taken place there before,†she added. In 2013, another blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider who advocated secularism, was allegedly murdered