I monitor press freedom and the media rights situation in South Asia. Every month, I lose a friend or a friend’s friend, passionate about fellow citizens’ rights and democracy. Every time, I feel the region has lost someone who could have contributed to bring positive change to society.
In April 2017, I lost one very good friend. Maldivian blogger Yameen Rasheed was brutally hacked to death for his writing by religious extremists. It took me a week before I could accept that he was no more. Yameen had passionately run a long campaign to find the truth behind the 2014 disappearance of his journalist friend Ahmed Rilwan.