In Bangladesh, stories of stifled expression and oppression are increasingly common. Repressive laws, frequent internet shutdowns, and censorship are some of the obstacles faced by young citizens who seek to voice their opinions in a digital age.
A newly-proposed bill concerning digital protection reflects Bangladesh’s ongoing efforts to adapt to the digital landscape, but the country still needs to address urgent issues such as privacy violations and government-backed disinformation.
Digital authoritarianism in Bangladesh: Weaponising a draconian law to silence dissent in the pandemic era
The COVID-19 pandemic provided the government with pretext to censor free speech, harass critics, and effectively curb dissent – accelerating what has been an ongoing turn towards authoritarianism in Bangladesh.