November 2, UN International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists
The assassination in barbaric conditions in Dhaka Saturday, October 31, of Faisal Arefin Dipan, the attempted murder, the same day, of Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, Ranadipam Basu and Tareque Rahim, cast a terrible light on the international day against impunity in Bangladesh.
Dipan and Tutul had courageously published the works of Avijit Roy, blogger and writer assassinated on February 26, 2015, including : "Biswaser Virus" (The Virus of Faith) and Obishawasher Dorshon (the Philosophy of Disbelief).
France, sharing the pain of the relatives of the victims, condemns with the utmost firmness these obscurantist attacks, and stands with all women and men of good will in Bangladesh to fight against violent extremism and terrorism.
Today, November 2, is the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists. The date was proposed to the UN by France, to honor the memory of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, murdered in Mali Nov. 2, 2013.
Journalism is no longer the sole preserve of news printed on paper. Journalists with a press card no longer have a monopoly on information dissemination and debate on ideas. Other vectors, online, are used. Other actors, bloggers, appeared.
Every year, like journalists, these new actors pay a heavy price for freedom of expression and opinion./.