Secular blogger Niloy Neel murdered in Bangladesh

Niloy Neel was an atheist blogger promoting secularlism in Bangladesh. This fatal attack against him is the 4th on freethinking advocates; the fifth if you count writer, Ahmed Rajib Haiderfollow, killed in the same way in 2013. Fundamentalists will vehemently fight to staunch progress.

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Fourth secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

A 40-year-old secular blogger was hacked to death at his flat here on Friday by five machete-wielding assailants. This is the fourth such brutal murder in Bangladesh this year.

Neel was killed by unidentified assassins, posing as potential tenants, who entered the building where he lived with his family. He supported a free, secular and independent state of Bangladesh. A fellow activist said: “He was the voice against fundamentalism and extremism and was even a voice for minority rights – especially women’s rights and the rights of indigenous people.”

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) claimed responsibility for killing secular bloggers in Bangladesh whom it described as ‘blasphemers’ but the radical group Ansar Bangla Team had also claimed responsibility for the deaths. The actions are related to activity labeled Gonojagoron Mancha (National Awakening Stage), a social movement demanding capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah, and others, convicted of war crimes including rape and mass murder during the country’s war of liberation.

Think blogging and speaking out isn’t important? It’s seriously important work.

See more on previous murders: Writers in Bangladesh, critical of religious dogma, murdered in the street

UPDATE 14-Aug 2015 Two arrested over Bangladesh blogger Niloy Neel killing 

  3 comments for “Secular blogger Niloy Neel murdered in Bangladesh

  1. August 7, 2015 at 11:42 AM

    This kind of thing simply reinforces the obvious fact that the zealots of extreme Islamism have very fragile faith indeed. If your belief cannot stand up to a blogger, then it is no kind of belief at all.

    I’m not at all convinced that the Qur’an endorses death for blasphemy, but it’s clear that the positive feedback loop of the hadiths certainly does. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_and_blasphemy is interesting.

    In applying sharia in this way the Islamists enforce their own law on someone on whom it is not binding. The UK used to do this with libel law, but now we don’t. And we never executed anyone for libel. Bangladesh does not have sharia courts (at least not officially) and Bangladesh is officially a secular state.

  2. August 7, 2015 at 11:57 AM

    What a horrible end – hacked to death with machetes. And all for just expressing an opinion. I blog, and I don’t know if I would continue to do so if bloggers were being attacked and killed. This man was very brave, and my heart goes out to his family. He was a true hero.

  3. GrahamH
    August 7, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    I know many a person who says to me that one person can’t make a difference – so why bother (hi mum).

    Well, it seems that Niloy was only one person who many (at least the five attackers) DO find makes a difference. In their case, the difference is so extremely negative that they have to resort to extreme violence to silence him.

    Long live freedom of speech and freedom from/of religion.
    Je suis charlie

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