Freedom of Expression in Bangladesh is under serious threat
Kabir also condemned Bangladesh’s Digital Security Act, labeling it a tool of tyranny wielded against journalists rather than a beneficial legislation for the country. The Act has further undermined the freedom of expression and press freedom in Bangladesh.
Responding to a question, Dr. Riaz, another participant in the panel discussion , stressed that fixing the problems facing freedom of expression was not solely the responsibility of journalists but also the people of Bangladesh and political parties. He cautioned that the upcoming 2023 election would be a consequential year for the country’s political landscape.
The panel discussion was moderated by Ambassador William B. Milam, President of the Right to Freedom, and featured a welcome speech by Mushfiqur Fazal Ansarey, the organization’s Executive Director. The event served as a platform to raise awareness about the deteriorating state of freedom of expression in Bangladesh and the urgent need for political change action to safeguard democratic values.