Saturday, March 23, 2013

Government regulating blogs in Bangladesh

Bangladesh government monitoring the blog sphere and social media  and as well as banning different blogs and website. 

Yesterday in a mail sent by the Deputy Director of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission BTRC to different blog portals owner to close different blog sites that hurts the religious feelings of the citizens.

Following that direction of the email sent by BTRC blog portal Some where in closed one of its bloggers website name Asif Mohiuddin.

Asif Mohiuddin, 29, A self-styled anti militant and atheist blogger who is famed for his anti-religious blogs was attacked by the extremist on 14th January of this year.  He was interrogated by the detective branch of the Bangladesh Police when he was blogging about the extended tuition fees of the Jaggannath University.

In a news published in newspaper the owners of the blog portal Amar Blog dot com demands that The government's regulatory commission BTRC sent a mail and asked for its six blogger details. Logg in details, Life history, IP address, email address and post address are the type of information that was demanded by the BTRC. The e mail content demanded a copy of the archive of the bloggers. And told the blog owners to delete all of its writings.   

But In a press release, owners of the blog portal Amar Blog assured to its blogger that they will not disclose any of their bloggers contact details or personal information that might risk their lives. The blog portal owner also expressed its concern for the government surveillance, which is a direct attack to the right to express oneself freely.

But the owners of the blog portal "Some Where In", didn't comment or reacted except they have deleted Asif Mohiuddins blog.

It could be mention that The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has closed 12blogs and Facebook pages including ‘Sonar Bangla’ and ‘Basher Kella’ reportedly run by people tied to Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing over last few days. You Tube is still unaccessible from Bangladesh. 

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