Monday, 25 April 2016

Editor of Bangladesh's first LGBT magazine killed, reports say

A senior editor on Bangladesh’s only LGBT magazine has been killed in the latest of a series of horrific murders in the country .
The journalist, who has not yet been named, was one of two hacked to death in the attack, police said.

“Unidentified attackers entered an apartment at Kalabagan and hacked two people to death. Another person was injured,” Dhaka Metropolitan Police spokesman Maruf Hossain Sorder told the AFP news agency.
He did not identify the dead, but private television Channel 24 said one of them was the editor of Roopbaan, the country’s only magazine for the LGBT community.
A spokesman for a gay group, Boys of Bangladesh, confirmed to AFP by text message that the Roopbaan editor was among the dead.
The editor was behind an annual Rainbow Rally, which since 2014 has been held on 14 April Bengali New Year.
Roopbaan was launched in 2014 to promote greater acceptance of LGBT communities in Bangladesh.
Reports of the latest death add to a series of horrific murders of bloggers and academics in the country. It comes two days after a Rezaul Karim Siddique, 58, an English professor, was hacked to death with machetes as he walked from his home to a bus station in the north-western city of Rajshahi.
Earlier this month, Nazimuddin Samad, 28, an atheist blogger was murdered near Jagannath University, where he was a law student.
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