Salman Rushdie writs to PM condemning blogger murder


Dhaka: Leading authors, including Salman Rushdie and fellow Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood and Yann Martell, called on Bangladesh’s government Friday to put an end to a spate of deadly attacks on atheist bloggers.

Three bloggers have been hacked to death by suspected Islamist militants since February with the latest victim, Ananta Bijoy Das, attacked with machetes during morning rush hour in the city of Sylhet earlier this month.

In a petition published in the London-based daily The Guardian, 150 authors called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government “to do all in their power to ensure that the tragic events of the last three months are not repeated, and to bring the perpetrators to justice”.

“We are gravely concerned by this escalating pattern of violence against writers and journalists who are peacefully expressing their views,” said the petition.