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Arrest of Bangladesh FIFA Member Exposes Free Speech Crackdown

This weekend’s arrest of Mahfuza Akhter Kiron shows how Bangladesh is increasingly turning into an authoritarian state in which baseless allegations of insulting the prime minister can lead to someone being jailed.   Expand Mahfuza Akhter Kiron. © FIFA via Getty Images Kiron, who leads the women’s wing of the Bangladesh Football Federation and is a Council member of the world footballing body FIFA, was arrested on March 16 on claims she had defamed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed. In an audio recording broadcast by Ekattor TV on March 8, Kiron allegedly said that the prime minister…

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