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BTRC writes to YouTube, Facebook to remove Al Jazeera report

18 Feb 2021 11:06, Somoy English Desk
BTRC writes to YouTube, Facebook to remove Al Jazeera report
BTRC writes to YouTube, Facebook to remove Al Jazeera report

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has sent a letter to YouTube and Facebook authorities to remove the documentary of Al Jazeera channel on Bangladesh from their platforms.

It took the step following a High Court order on Wednesday, said its Chairman Shyam Sunder Sikder.

BTRC Vice-chairman Subrata Roy Maitra expressed the hope that YouTube and Facebook will respect the court order.

He, however, said they were yet to get any response from the.

Earlier on Wednesday, the High Court directed BTRC to remove the documentary of Al Jazeera channel on Bangladesh from all the online platforms.

Supreme Court lawyer Md Enamul Kabir 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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