In too many media outlets, coverage of the Gulf States and Yemen relies on the Sunni-Shia binary for a one-stop explanation of most domestic and regional conflicts. Too often, this sectarian language masquerades as critical analysis, undermining legitimate political demands and re-enforcing the language used by oppressive regimes. In this climate, investigative journalism – both local and international – is critical.
Anam has been living in hiding in Dhaka for one full year this week. He left his flat downtown days after his mentor and friend, Xulhaz Mannan, was murdered in his home. Xulhaz was the founder of Roopbaan, Bangladesh’s first LGBT magazine. He was an activist, organizer, writer, and “walking hub” of Dhaka’s urban gay social scene, according to friends. He was also an employee of the US Embassy in Dhaka.
For many in Bangladesh, LGBTI activist Xulhaz Mannan was one of those people who only needed a first name. A bit like Cher, Voltaire, or Moses, people in Dhaka know about Xulhaz. Before he was murdered in April 2016, he founded the nation’s first LGBTI magazine, was an employee of the U.S. embassy in Dhaka, and organized the largest public HIV testing event ever to happen in Bangladesh. Xulhaz was also a friend, mentor, and “inspiration” to hundreds of young men.
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Selecting a term
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
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