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Samaya Anjum

I'm Samaya Anjum, a student of social sciences at SciencesPo Paris, France. Besides authoring at Global Voices, I write on political subjects concerning the comparative politics of South Asia and media censorship for online magazines and academic think-tanks.

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Protests erupt in Bangladesh after writer arrested under the Digital Security Act dies in prison

Ahmed was arrested after he criticized the government's pandemic response on social media. He was charged with "tarnishing the image of the nation" and "creating hostility" -- all offenses under the...

Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order

Twitter restored the accounts after concluding they were "speech and newsworthy," a decision the Indian government decried: "Twitter cannot assume the role of a court and justify non-compliance."

Bangladesh battles the country's longest-running floods since 1998

The devastation comes at a time when emergency and health services were already overwhelmed with responding to the COVID-19 epidemic.

COVID-19 is rapidly exhausting Bangladesh healthcare system amidst alarming rise of infected people

As Bangladesh tries to figure out which lockdown measure is the answer, public healthcare systems are failing largely, resulting in no signs of the COVID-19 contraction curve plateauing.

After disappearing for 53 days, Bangladeshi journalist is found and sent to jail

Fifty-three days after his abduction in from of his office in Dhaka, Bangladesh, photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajol was found alive in Benapole, near the border of Bangladesh with India.

Floating classrooms bring education to flooded communities in Bangladesh

Floating schools are providing much-needed primary education to Bangladeshi children who are cut off from schools during monsoon season.

Bangladeshi brides will no longer be questioned about their virginity for marriage certificates

The verdict came after a five-year-long legal battle and has been hailed a landmark victory for the equal rights campaigners.

In Bangladesh, a rickshaw ban for major Dhaka city roads spurs protests and debate

A rickshaw ban on three major roads in Dhaka city saw a huge protest from the rickshaw-pullers and some netizens who use this convenient mean of transport.

Bangladeshi surfer girls are pushing back against conservative gender norms

Surfing has not only allowed them to retain a piece of their childhood but they now confidently dream of securing a bright future for themselves – dignified jobs, a good...

For the first time, transgender candidates will run for seats in Bangladesh's National Parliament

"There is no one from our community who can understand and raise our concerns. That is why we are running for the seats."

Correspondence between Arundhati Roy and Shahidul Alam shares resilience and hope

"...the tide will turn, and the nameless, faceless people will rise. They will rise against the entire state machinery."

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