17. Zone of Silence

By Robert Mahoney

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Rafida Ahmed lost her thumb during an attack by extremists that 
killed her husband, blogger Avijit Roy, in Bangladesh’s capital, Dhaka.

(Reuters)

Journalist Avijit Roy founded the blog Mukto-Mona, or Free Thinker, as a forum for free expression and ideas that challenged the growing religious intolerance in his native Bangladesh. His blog for intellectual freedom cost him his life.

The U.S.-Bangladeshi blogger and his wife were hacked and stabbed by suspected Islamist extremist assailants as they left a book fair in the capital, Dhaka, in 2015. Roy died; his wife was critically injured.

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