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Campaign for Secular Bengali Bloggers

<p>If you are a journalist or media person, please contact me. Arif(ur) Rahman, Bangladeshi Secular blogger living in the UK. Myself along with a few colleague started Atheist blogging activism back in 2006. Although Arif was living in UK the whole time, his writing (in Bengali language, mostly) infused by European secular humanism and militant atheism created a new trend of Atheistic blogging in Bengali. His terse and witty blogs were widely read and drawn inspiration by a generation of bloggers in Bangla language. His physical presence in UK gave him the mental peace of safety and courage to write without fear, which is unique in Bengali diaspora. When most of the Bengali writers, intellectuals worry about 'hurting religious sentiment' or 'upsetting the ruling system in bed with Islamists', he still continues to raise concerns and speak up about the trend Bangladesh's secular soul has taken. What we are seeing in Bangladesh is a very advanced stage of what could happen to the rest of the world if we allow, Arif is well conversant on the topic and has wealth of connections and credibility in the blogging community. His day job as an IT consultant provides for the livelihood. His activism so far has been in the digital blog-sphere, influencing generations of young Bengali minds in Bangladesh and everywhere. even today, his blogs in Facebook and own site (Arif.EU) gets wide readership and social media sharing. He recently attended a British Humanist Association organised Fringe event during the Conservative party conference in Manchester where he gave speech to an auspicious audience. He was invited by Ex-Muslim council of Britain (CEMB) and Maryam Namaji to give speech about his story in relation to Bangladesh bloggers and their struggle of a secular Bangladesh. He works closely with IHEU, BHA, CEMB, NSS, CFI-UK. Contributor to the IHEU Freedom of thought report 2014 and 2015, Bangladesh chapter. In 2013, during the unrest of peoples uprising known as 'Shahbag', venom against his and colleagues writings were spread in Bangladeshi local media. Leaflets were distributed about him outside UK mosques during that time. Personal Blog: http://arif.eu which also has a separate section with all the Media appearance and Radio + podcast interviews/discussions here: http://arif.eu/403-2 His Facebook profile since then has become the main activism: https://www.facebook.com/ArifUK (mostly in Bengali) Arif's Photo : http://arif.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Arif-PHoto.jpg His Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARIFArifuk or handle @ArifArifUK His YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/arifmcse Article Items about him: http://www.buzzfeed.com/tomchivers/how-it-feels-to-be-an-atheist-in-a-highly-religious-society and http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/UK-based-Bangla-bloggers-get-online-threats-daily/articleshow/47486632.cms http://www.gspellchecker.com/2015/11/ep69-arif-rahman-bangladeshi-bloggers/ http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/bangladesh-blogger-hit-list-calls-international-pressure-tackle-growth-violent-islamism-1521699 http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/uk-bangladeshi-blogger-global-islamist-hit-list-vows-he-will-not-be-cowed-1520909 Other BBC articles have been mentioned as well. https://www.facebook.com/ArifUK/videos/10153176550844071/ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-33827698 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-34338691 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-34340590 http://arif.eu/archives/727 https://www.facebook.com/ArifUK/videos/10153176396559071/</p>
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