For some reason, today, I was looking again at those photos of Bishwajit Das, being chopped to death.
Photography’s elusive credit line, and should we pirate Photoshop?
by Naeem Mohaiemen for AlalODulal
Photography’s attribution has entered increasingly contested waters as the internet has made photo sharing ever easier.
by Naeem Mohaiemen
[Edited version of this was published in Dhaka Tribune]
When you ask an already powerful state to expand their powers further, so as to pummel those you oppose, don’t be surprised if the state also decides to use that power against you.
Daily Star has announced that FORUM, it’s long-running monthly magazine, will close down as a “cost-saving” measure. FORUM was originally published in the 1960s/70s, with an editorial board that included Hameeda Hossain, Rehman Sobhan, and others. It was revived in the 00’s with Zafar Sobhan as editor. For last few years, Kajalie Shahreen Islam is the editor. It is the country’s only monthly magazine of serious, long-form, non-fiction essays in English.
The “Islamists” burn newspapers when they are offended by a cartoon, the newspaper apologizes and fires the cartoonist. Later he spends months in jail, and eventually flees into exile in Europe.
David Nalin: friend or smuggler of antiquities?
Guest Post by Dr. Perween Hasan
I was surprised and angered to read a report in the daily Prothom Alo (March 30, 2013) entitled ‘ This country is destined to march forward: an interview with David Nalin, a friend from overseas’.
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A history of censorship in Bangladesh (1972-2012)
by Naeem Mohaiemen
[An abbreviated version of this was published in Daily Star's FORUM magazine]
I first started researching Bangladeshi censorship cases during a relatively minor incident– the 2007 “Mohammed Biral” (Mohammed cat) cartoon controversy in the satirical magazine Alpin. A list of post-1971 cases was meant to be the appendix to a sarcastic essay, “Save us from cats”. The piece was, appropriately enough, rejected by the newspapers. “Too sensitive a subject,” I was told. Let sleeping cats lie, as it were.
In the years since 2007, I kept adding items to this list, and was gradually struck by the