Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladesh BangladeshAsia – Pacific to go further RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage News News May 13, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another blogger murdered in Bangladesh, third in three months May 19, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns yesterday’s brutal murder of Ananta Bijoy Das, the third blogger to be killed in Bangladesh since February because of what he wrote. All three criticized religious fundamentalism, defended freedom of expression and thought, and preached toleration.Aged 33, Das was hacked to death in broad daylight on a street in the northeastern city of Sylhet by four masked men with machetes.A staunch defender of secularism, Das wrote for Mukto-Mona (Free Thought), a website created by Avijit Roy, a US blogger of Bangladeshi origin who was himself murdered during a visit to Dhaka on 26 February. Das also wrote for the quarterly Jukti (Logic) and headed the Council for Science and Reason.He had been getting threats from Islamist extremists for months in connection with his blog posts. Sylhet’s police chief said the police are investigating the radical group Ansar Al-Islam’s claim on Twitter that Das was killed by Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).“We condemn this third barbaric murder of a secular blogger in three months in Bangladesh and we fear the possibility of more attacks of this kind,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “What are the authorities waiting for to find and punish those responsible? Freedom of information and thought seems exposed to a growing danger. It is vital to protect Bangladesh’s free-thinkers and not yield to impunity.”The other blogger to be killed in the past three months was Washiqur Rahman, who was hacked to death in Dhaka on 30 March. According to several sources, both Das and Roy were on hit-lists of atheist bloggers compiled by Islamist militants.Bangladesh is ranked 146th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News February 26, 2021 Find out more Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention February 22, 2021 Find out more BangladeshAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts
By Dialogo April 30, 2012 Let them come… They shall not pass through here! Brazil will boost its military presence in the Amazon region to protect its huge natural resources from any external threat, Defense Minister Celso Amorim told the Senate on April 26. “The commitment to the defense of the Amazon is fundamental. Navy, Air Force, all services will boost their presence in the Amazon in the next few years,” he said without giving further details. Amorim said Brazil did not feel threatened by any neighboring country but added: “We cannot rule out that some power from outside the region” may covet the natural resources of the Amazon, the planet’s largest rainforest and its main source of fresh water. “We are working on a plan to deploy (security) forces and the Amazon plays a very important role. It’s the most vulnerable part of our country,” Amorim said. “We have a wealth of resources which can make us the target of adventures,” he added. Amorim said the country’s strategic planners were planning to boost “transparent cooperation” with other Amazon countries, referring to plans to set up a security commission with Peru and Colombia. “We do not feel threatened by any South American countries and we do not want anyone to feel threatened by us. We always want full transparency to avoid suspicions,” the minister said. Brazil, Latin America’s largest country and the world’s sixth largest economy, shares the sprawling Amazon with Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela. Brasilia is also boosting its naval power in the South Atlantic with an ambitious submarine program to protect its huge deep-water oil reserves and project its growing influence. Under the National Defense Strategy unveiled in 2008, the Navy was tasked with developing a blue-water force to protect Brazil’s huge sub-salt oil reserves, the Amazon river basin and its 7,491 km-coastline. The sub-salt oil fields, located off the country’s southeast Atlantic coast beneath kilometers of ocean, bedrock and hot salt-beds, could contain more than 100 billion barrels of high-quality recoverable oil, according to official estimates.