France condemns obscurantist attacks
02 November 2015, Nirapad News: France, sharing the pain of the relatives of the victims, condemned with the utmost firmness these obscurantist attacks in Bangladesh.
It also stood with all women and men of good will in Bangladesh to fight violent extremism and terrorism, a French embassy statement said on Sunday.
The statement further mentioned that November 2 is the International Day to end impunity for crimes against journalists.
The date was proposed to the UN by France, to honor the memory of two French journalists, Ghislaine Dupont and Claude Verlon, murdered in Mali November 2 in 2013.
Journalism is no longer the sole preserve of news printed on paper, the statement said adding, journalists with a press card no longer have a monopoly on information dissemination and debate on ideas. Other vectors, online, are used. Other actors, bloggers, appeared.
Every year, like journalists, these new actors pay a heavy price for freedom of expression and opinion, it added.
According to the statement, the assassination in barbaric conditions in Dhaka on October 31 of Faisal Arefin Dipan, the attempted murder, the same day, of Ahmedur Rashid Tutul, Ranadipam Basu and Tareque Rahim, cast a terrible light on the international day against impunity in Bangladesh.
Dipan and Tutul had courageously published the works of Avijit Roy, blogger and writer assassinated on February 26, 2015, including: “Biswaser Virus” (The Virus of Faith) and Obishawasher Dorshon (the Philosophy of Disbelief).