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Support for Bangladeshi cartoonist (February 2008)

3 Feb 2008

Arifur Rahman, cartoonist for the Bangla daily Prothom Alo, has been in jail since September 19, 2007 for a cartoon.  This followed protest in the streets of Dhaka by people who claimed that the cartoon offended religious sensibilities of the general people of our country. Aside from his arrest, the Prothom Alo sub-editor who was in charge of the weekly magazine Alpin, a Prothom Alo subsidiary, has been fired. The editor of Prothom Alo made fulsome apologies in his newspaper, and also in a personal meeting with the Imam of the National Mosque.

The hearing on his bail is scheduled for February 03, 2008. Please visit for the latest on his case. Information on letters to be written expressing your concern is available:

The Alliance for a Secular and Democratic South Asia was formed in 1993 to combat rising religious intolerance in South Asia and to campaign for peace and justice in the region. We are committed to working towards a just, non-violent resolution of the crisis we are currently living through. If you are interested in joining us in this work, please call 617-983-3934 or e-mail

19 Feb 2009

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