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Avijit Roy (Bengali: অভিজিৎ রায়; 12 September 1972 – 26 February 2015)[6] was a Bangladeshi-American engineer, online activist, writer and blogger known for creating and administrating the Mukto-Mona, an Internet community for Bangladeshi freethinkers, rationalists, skeptics, atheists and humanists.[7] Roy was an advocate of free expression in Bangladesh, coordinating international protests against government censorship and imprisonment of atheist bloggers. He was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 February 2015; Islamic militant organization Ansarullah Bangla Team claimed responsibility for the attack.[8][9]

His father, Ajoy Roy, was a professor of physics at University of Dhaka who received the Ekushey Padak award.[10] Avijit earned a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from BUET.[11][12][13] He earned a master's and doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering from National University of Singapore.[14]

In 2006, he moved to Atlanta, Georgia and worked as a software engineer.[6][15][16] Roy published eight books in Bengali.[citation needed]

Roy was the founder[17] of the Bangladeshi Mukto-Mona (freethinkers) website which was one of the nominees of The Bobs (Best of Blogs) Award in the Best of Online Activism category.[18][19][20] The site published death threats that author Humayun Azad had received before he was assassinated.[21] Mukto-Mona began as a Yahoo group in May 2001, but became a website in 2002.[22]

Roy described his writing as "taboo" in Bangladesh.[23] He had received death threats from fundamentalist bloggers for his articles and books.[24][25] Rokomari.com, a Bangladeshi e-commerce site, stopped selling Roy's books after its owner received death threats from Islamists.[26][27]

Our aim is to build a society which will not be bound by the dictates of arbitrary authority, comfortable superstition, stifling tradition, or suffocating orthodoxy but would rather be based on reason, compassion, humanity, equality and science.

A Bangladeshi group, Blogger and Online Activist Network (BOAN), initiated the 2013 Shahbag protests that sought capital punishment for the Islamist leader and war criminal Abdul Quader Molla as well as the removal of Jamaat-e-Islami from politics.[28][29] Islamist groups responded by organising protests calling for the execution of "atheist bloggers" accused of insulting Islam, and the introduction of a blasphemy law.[30][31] Many atheist bloggers who supported the Shahbag protests came under attack, and Ahmed Rajib Haider was killed by Islamist groups on 15 February 2013.[19] A month before the protest, blogger Asif Mohiuddin was attacked outside his house by four youths influenced by Anwar Al-Awlaki,[32] and Sunnyur Rahman, known as Nastik Nobi (Atheist Prophet), was stabbed on 7 March 2013.[33]

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