Publisher hacked to death due to “hate speech”

So.  Let’s say someone doesn’t like the way your doctrine thinks and acts about things and writes about it.  How should you react?

You could start a petition to get the Human Rights Commission to prosecute.   Or start a huge Twitter-based drive to boycott everyone associated with that person.

What else could happen?

A publisher of a slain online critic of religious militancy has been hacked to death in the Bangladesh capital, police said, hours after similar attacks on two secular writers and another publisher in the majority-Muslim country.

Faysal Arefin published books by Avijit Roy, a US citizen of Bangladeshi origin who was killed by Islamists militants in the same way in February.

Arefin was hacked to death with sharp weapons in his office on the second floor of a crowded market in the capital, police said.

Militants have targeted secularist writers in Bangladesh in recent years, as the government has cracked down on Islamist groups seeking to turn the South Asian nation of 160 million people into a sharia-based state.

Four secular bloggers have been hacked to death this year for writing critically about Islamist militancy.

You would like to think that my critics can see the difference here.   At least they still employ the tools of a democracy, such as petitions, protests, boycotts and legal channels.

But what they totally fail to recognise is that by trying to shut me up, they are defending the people that are hacking critics to death.

That death is a result of speech or the written word.

 

I know they don’t like me, and I know that every opportunity to silence me must be explored to its limits.   But the sad thing is that they sell their integrity, they sell their freedom, and they sell their public respect by trying to silence someone who they simply don’t agree with.

The next step is to come and silence  me in a more practical way.  And at that point, they have left behind the remaining vestige of human decency.

They convince themselves that what I say and write is so upsetting that I must be silenced forever.  They cannot see the disconnect.

In the earlier attacks on Saturday, two secular writers and another publisher of Roy were stabbed and shot in Dhaka.

Three unknown assailants entered the office of a publishing house and attacked them, police official Jamal Uddin said.

The attackers locked their victims inside the office before fleeing the scene, he added. They were rushed to a hospital and two of them were in a critical condition.

The publisher had filed a complaint with police after being threatened with death in a posting on Facebook following the attack on Roy, his friends said.

Will my critics come one day to lock me up and cut me, kill me, because of something I published?

The radical Muslims they propose to protect from my criticism (calling it “hate speech”) would deal with me that way.

For the record – I think most of you are completely off your tree, but I have no problem with any of you saying or writing about it.  In fact, please do.  The more people that see what you think and what you propose as a solution to certain problems, the better.

All I ask is that I am allowed the same.   To speak my mind.

And hopefully, none of you will ever be motivated to come silence me in person.  Although you are doing everything in your power to silence me by any other means.  And I really would like to know how you can justify that, as the freedom for me to say that defending against someone that intends to kill me is to kill them first cannot, ever, be hate speech.

Blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in May in 2015, a year which has seen at least four atheist bloggers murdered in Bangladesh [EPA]

Blogger Ananta Bijoy Das was killed in May in 2015, a year which has seen at least four atheist bloggers murdered in Bangladesh [EPA]

My critics want to implement just enough totalitarianism to silence voices they don’t like by invoking ideas of freedom, tolerance and love for humanity.

They rather defend a radical Muslim’s freedom to kill me rather than my freedom to say I’d like to kill that Muslim first.

It is as dangerous as it is delusional.

 

– Reuters, via ODT


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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