My name is Arif Jebtik, and as you are visiting my site, you may already understand that I am a blogger. In Bangladesh, a Blogger is not somebody people want to be known as. Here young people are killed in the street and nobody gives it a damn that victim is tagged as a blogger.
In the mass society no one heard the word ‘Blogger’ until 2013. But after Shahbag protest in 2013, which was organized by ‘Blogger and online activists network ‘ and millions of people were gathered to demand the justice for our war victims of 1971 freedom war. As a counter politics, known war criminals and their media portrayed us as “atheist groups trying to defame Islam”, since most of the people do not have internet access or read our blogs and they are religious in nature, they started believing the propaganda. under this conspiracy the allies of the war criminals started killing Bloggers as a routine.
Well, you may ask what the government is doing to protect us? Actually they aren’t doing much. I am not convinced that they are serious about finding the killers. For the government it is a very tough situation where their opponent (allies of war criminals) are trying to defame the government for not introducing the blasphemy law and hang us till death. I do understand that vote matters so the government may not be interested to deal with the situation for a young group of ‘Bloggers’.
On the other hand the law on internet activism has been tightened. Our ‘democratic state’ has a very strong law called ICT act 2006 where the government can arrest someone for publishing in the Blog and social media which the government thinks ( quoting from the law) “fake and obscene” or its effects are such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or
and the punishment is very straight forward which is “imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years and with fine which may extend to Taka one crore.”( equivalent to $1.28K )
I mostly write about politics, national history and analysis of global and local socio-political trends.