Truth vs Hype: Bangladesh – Death Of Difference
NDTV Reporter: Sreenivasan Jain
HRCB appreciate and thank NDTV and Mr. Sreenivasan Jain for conducting interviews with politicians (including PM Hasina and Law Minister Anisul Haque), top law enforcers (press meeting with head of RAB), new editors (Editor, Dhaka Tribune), freelance journalists (David Bergman), bloggers, opposition leader (Amir Kashru), leader of fundamentalist organization Hefazat-e-Islam (Mufti Faizullah at theMadrasa), slain Hindu minority tailor Nikhil Joarder’s family (wife, daughter and the family), police super of Tangail (Saleh Mohammed Tanvir) and compiling many events into this short news reports for the world to know the truth- the impunity of killers of freethinkers, bloggers, Hindu and Christian minorities, writers and alike.
This week we travelled to Bangladesh, which is seeing a unstoppable purge of anyone perceived as blasphemous by Islamist vigilantes. The scope of those being murdered has expanded – from secular blogwriters to professors, to gay activists, to the country’s Hindus. We question whether the Sheikh Hasina government’s claims of crackdown on extremists is genuine, or is it just to settle political scores. We probe Bangladesh’s death squads: freelancers, local outfits – as the government suggests – or part of turf wars between global jihadists? And we travel north of Dhaka, where the tragic murder of a Hindu tailor has exposed the frailties in the country’s attempt to rein in violence.