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Dhaka Tribune

Satire matters

The need for law enforcers to act against these people and all those who make such threats cannot be overstated.

Update : 06 Sep 2023, 02:21 AM

We mourn the closure of the popular entertainment webpage Moja losss?, which has been shut down by its founders citing death threats from unnamed “political entities” and individuals.

It is an affront to freedom of expression that such threats can be made and heeded in our country.

This case is particularly concerning as the threats followed the site publishing photos of, and naming individual suspects in the Pohela Boishakh sexual assaults. The need for law enforcers to act against these people and all those who make such threats cannot be overstated.

Satire and comedy go hand in hand with freedom of expression. To curtail one is to curtail the other. Humour is an essential part of life, transcending nationality, creed, and most certainly political viewpoints, and as such, it is discouraging to see that it can often be misinterpreted as being politically motivated by certain sections of our society.

In its final Facebook status, the founders stated their view that Bangladesh is not ready for their brand of humour. We profoundly believe and hope this is an overstatement, as those who make death threats and intimidate publishers are clearly not representative of our country’s whole population.

We all have the right to laugh. Humour is the best way to stand up against those who would bully or silence their fellow citizens. People should stand together against anyone who dictates what we should or should not find funny.

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