Bangladesh: International awards no protection for secular writers, says slain blogger’s wife

The packed plenary chamber of the World Conference Centre resonated in a thundering applause as Rafida Bonya Ahmed received the Deutsche Welle Bobs-Best of Online Activism award for the blog, “Mukto-Mona” (Free thinker), in Bonn last Tuesday. The blog was founded by her husband Avijit Roy, who was hacked to death on the streets of Dhaka in February this year for airing his secular views.

As a “message to the fundamentalists”, the audience stood up and clapped to cheer Ahmed and other Bobs prize winners on the second day of the three-day Global Media Forum.

But are the enemies of free-speech listening?

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