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President of SPJ Florida – Dori Zinn

dzinn3@gmail.com@dorizinn

Zinn is the Associate Editor for Bundoo—a premier parenting and pediatrics website—as well as President of Blossomers, a web

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Dori Zinn

development and online media company. For five years, Zinn served on the board as Vice President of Membership for the SPJ Florida Pro chapter, helping win “Chapter of the Year” in 2010 and 2014. She graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Multimedia Journalism.

 

Executive Vice President – Christiana Lilly

christiana.lilly@gmail.com | @christianalilly

Lilly has served as SPJ Florida secretary for the past two years. A full-time freelance writer based out of Fort Lauderdale, Lilly is a regular

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Christiana Lilly

contributor to publications like WhereTraveler, IndulgeSouth Florida Gay NewsIndulge, and Venice. Previously, she worked at the Huffington Post Miami and Forum Publishing Group, where she covered the Sunrise and Plantation city beat. A proud Gator, Lilly graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism and a minor in anthropology. Although she was born in Florida, Lilly moved around in Asia for 14 years before moving back stateside for college.

 

 

SPJ Florida condemns murder of editor of LGBT magazine in Bangladesh

SPJ Florida and SPJ Georgia join the world this week in condemning the brutal killing of Xulhaz Mannan, the editor and founder of Roopbaan, the first LGBT magazine in Bangladesh.

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Xulhaz Mannan, Huffington Post photo

Mannan also worked at the U.S. development agency USAid.

Mannan, and his friend Tanay Mojumdar, were hacked to death in Mannan’s apartment in the capital, Dhaka, on April 25. Ansar al-Islam, an Al Queda affiliated organization has taken responsibility for the attack.

This heinous attack on freedom of speech is deeply disturbing. Our thoughts are with Mannan’s family, the staff at Roopbaan, and the LGBT community in Bangladesh during this time.

It is our hope that those in Bangladesh who are fighting to have their voices heard will not be deterred by this tragic incident.

In Bangladesh same-sex activity is illegal so we understand the sacrifices Mannan had to make when starting an LGBT magazine in order to give a voice to his community. We applaud his courage.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists 19 journalists have been murdered since 1992 in Bangladesh, 5 in 2015 alone.