No freedom of expression in Bangladesh: Taslima Nasreen

Taslima Nasreen(IANS) Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen on Monday said her country has no freedom of expression as is evident in murders of bloggers and writers.

“There is no freedom of expression in Bangladesh. So many bloggers, writers were killed only for expressing views different from that of fundamentalists. Many bloggers were imprisoned,” she told TV channel CNN-News 18.

Nasreen, who has been living outside Bangladesh for many years, said the government failed to give security to the writers leading to their steady exodus.

“Many bloggers left the country to America, Germany, India and Nepal. Many secular bloggers stopped writing because of fear,” she added.

Nasreen said home grown terrorists were behind Friday’s terror attack in Bangladesh capital Dhaka, which killed 28 people including one Indian.

“It is home grown terrorists but they have good links with ISIS (Islamic State) and Al Qaeda,” the writer said.

She criticized Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for ignoring the situation in the country.

“Hasina always tried to ignore that Islamization started in Bangladesh and also that fundamentalists are rising and terrorists are growing,” Nasreen said.

Medaram Jathara

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