After Murders LGBT leaders in Bangladesh, National Press Club Urges Justice

After Murders LGBT leaders in Bangladesh, National Press Club Urges Justice

02/05/2016 0 Di puntoacapo

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Xulhaz Mannan and the crime scene

Xul­haz Man­nan and the crime scene

Nation­al Press Club lead­ers expressed out­rage Tues­day about the mur­der of two peo­ple, includ­ing a jour­nal­ist, in Bangladesh.

Xul­haz Man­nan, edi­tor of Roop­baan, an LGBT mag­a­zine, and Tanay Mojum­dara friend of Man­nan’s, were hacked to death in Man­nan’s apart­ment in the cap­i­tal, Dha­ka, on April 25, accord­ing to news reports. Ansar al-Islam, an Al Que­da affil­i­at­ed Islamist orga­ni­za­tion has tak­en respon­si­bil­i­ty for the attack, accord­ing to CNN.

Man­nan was also a USAID work­er and a promi­nent leader of the LGBT com­mu­ni­ty of Bangladesh, where homo­sex­u­al­i­ty is ille­gal. His mur­der is only the lat­est in a slew of brazen attacks on jour­nal­ists, aca­d­e­mics and human rights activists in the country.

“The bru­tal mur­ders of jour­nal­ists, aca­d­e­mics and human rights activists in Bangladesh over the past year are deeply dis­tress­ing,” said NPC Pres­i­dent Thomas Burr. “The Bangladeshi gov­ern­ment has a duty to pro­tect jour­nal­ists, to bring their mur­der­ers to jus­tice and to ensure the right to free speech.”

“Man­nan’s mur­der is not just an attack on anoth­er human being but an attack on free speech in one of the largest democ­ra­cies in the world,” said Burr.

The Nation­al Press Club is the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tion for jour­nal­ists. Through its Press Free­dom Com­mit­tee, the club pro­motes free­dom of expres­sion and transparency.

The Nation­al Press Club Jour­nal­ism Insti­tute is the club’s non-prof­it affil­i­ate. It is com­mit­ted to advanc­ing jour­nal­is­tic prac­tice by equip­ping pro­fes­sion­als with the skills and com­pe­tence to inno­vate, lever­ag­ing emerg­ing trends, rec­og­niz­ing lead­ers and inno­va­tors, and men­tor­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of jour­nal­ism and com­mu­ni­ca­tions professionals.