Yesterday, masked men armed with machetes hacked a blogger to death in Sylhet. Three secular or atheist bloggers have been murdered recently in Bangladesh — a majority Muslim country. It sounds like it's far away, but the incidents are being seen as part of a worldwide pattern of attacks on free speech.
We hear more from Madeline Earp, a researcher at Freedom House, which focuses on journalism and online activism in Asia, and from George Packer, a staff writer for the New Yorker. His article, "Mute Button: The Free Speech Crisis," appeared last month.
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