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Facebook agrees to remove Al Jazeera report

21 Feb 2021 10:15, Somoy English Desk
Facebook agrees to remove Al Jazeera report
Facebook agrees to remove Al Jazeera report

Facebook authorities have agreed to remove the documentary of Al Jazeera channel on Bangladesh from their platform. 

Facebook informed its decision to the government, said Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday evening. 

He said they had talks with the Facebook authorities several times. “The social media platform officially informed us that they’ll remove the Al Jazeera report soon.”

Earlier, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) 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. 

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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