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HC asks BTRC to remove Al Jazeera report from all online platforms

17 Feb 2021 17:04, Somoy English Desk
HC asks BTRC to remove Al Jazeera report from all online platforms
HC asks BTRC to remove Al Jazeera report from all online platforms

The High Court on Wednesday directed Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to remove the documentary of Al Jazeera channel on Bangladesh from all the online platforms.

The HC virtual bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order following a writ petition.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin represented the state while writ petitioner Md Enamul Kabir Emon argued for himself and Khanadker Reza-e-Rakib stood for the BTRC.

Supreme Court lawyer Emon filed the writ on February 8.

In the petition, he sought High Court’s directive on the authorities concerned to ban the broadcast of Al Jazeera in the country and also the court’s order to remove the contents of a report titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” from all social media, including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Earlier, on February 10, the HC appointed six senior lawyers as amici curiae asking them to clarify whether it should hear a writ petition filed seeking a ban on broadcast of Al Jazeera in the country.

Six amici curiae were former attorney general AJ Mohammad Ali, former attorney general Fida M Kamal, Dr Shahdeen Malik, advocate Abdul Matin Khasru, advocate Kamal Ul Alam and advocate Prabir Neogi.

Al Jazeera broadcast the report on February 1. The government dismissed the report, calling it “false and defamatory” and a desperate “smear campaign” instigated by extremists and their allies, working in London and elsewhere.
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