In the worst possible response, the Bangladeshi government is taking the side of the Islamic fascists who have now murdered four atheist bloggers, warning other bloggers that if they write anything that “hurts religious sentiments” they will be arrested and face 14 years in prison.
Secular activists expressed outrage Monday after Bangladesh’s national police chief warned bloggers they faced jail for posting material deemed offensive following last week’s machete murder of a secular writer.
Inspector General of Police AKM Shahidul Hoque warned bloggers in the officially secular but Muslim-majority country against hurting religious sentiments.
“No one should cross the limit,” Hoque said on Sunday in comments to reporters carried in major newspapers on Monday.“And for hurting someone’s religious sentiment, the person will be punished by the law,” Hoque said, adding that the maximum punishment is 14 years in jail.
The government’s job is to protect people against being murdered for anything, but especially merely for expressing their opinions. This is nothing less than barbaric totalitarianism.