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Mukto-Mona (Bengali: মুক্তমনা ) is the first online platform for Bengali speaking freethinkers, atheists, and secular bloggers and writers, started by Avijit Roy. The meaning of Mukto-Mona is "free mind". The website supports free expression and criticizes religious fundamentalism, especially Islamic religious fundamentalism. [1]

The Council for Secular Humanism called Mukto-Mona "the largest and the fastest-growing collection of contemporary freethinkers in Bangladesh and within South Asia". The group worked with international NGOs like the Center for Inquiry and the International Humanist and Ethical Union. [2]

The website was moderated by Avijit Roy. Roy was killed on February 26, 2015. Ananta Bijoy Das also wrote for the blog. Das was killed on May 12, 2015. The group al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent said they were responsible for Roy's death. [3] Ananta Bijoy Das was on a list of targets by the same group of Islamists who were behind the murder of Avijit Roy.[3]

History[change | change source]

In May 2001, Avijit Roy started a Yahoo group called Mukto-Mona, meaning "free mind". In 2002 Mukto-Mona moved to a blog. Mukto-Mona was the first Bengali group to celebrate Darwin Day and International Women's Day on the internet. The group worked for freedom for religious minorities and secular writers. They worked with international secularist groups to protest killings and arrests. They also discussed religious questions and LGBT issues, that were taboo subjects in Bangladesh.[2] In 2005 the website was banned in the United Arab Emirates. [4]

Awards[change | change source]

In 2015, Mukta-Mona received "The Bobs – Best of Online Activism" award from German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle. Blogger Rafida Bonya Ahmed, the wife of murdered blogger Avijit Roy, received the award.[5]

Other websites[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Third Bangladesh blogger murdered". 12 May 2015 – via
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  3. 3.0 3.1 Hammadi, Saad (12 May 2015). "Third atheist blogger killed in Bangladesh knife attack" – via
  4. "Atheist blogger Avijit Roy knew returning to Bangladesh was risky -- but still went". Raw Story. 7 March 2015.
  5. Forum, Nurul Islam Hasib from the Global Media; Bonn; "Bangladeshi blog Mukto-Mona receives Deutsche Welle's annual 'The Bobs – Best of Online Activism' award".