wordpress blog stats
Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Bangladesh blocks access to news portal which accused senior minister of corruption

lock

Authorities in Bangladesh blocked access to Netra News, a Sweden-based investigative journalism portal, within 3 days of the outlet carrying a story on allegations of corruption against Obaidul Quader, the country’s minister of road transport and bridges, and general secretary of the ruling Awami Party, Al Jazeera reported. The story in question, “A wrist of luxury”, was published on December 26, 2019, and the outlet’s editor-in-chief, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that Netra News has been inaccessible throughout Bangladesh since December 29. He also said that some readers had reported problems in accessing the website on December 28. Two Bangladeshi nationals confirmed to MediaNama that access to Netra News remains blocked as of January 6, 2019.

Netra News is still blocked in Bangladesh. Screenshot sent by a resident of Bangladesh to MediaNama.

The direction to block the Netra News in Bangladesh was purportedly issued by the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), Bangladesh’s intelligence agency, according to Al Jazeera. The story elucidates how Quader manages to afford an expensive collection of luxury wristwatches from brands such as Rolex and Louis Vuitton. According to the website’s About page, Netra News is a project of Bangladesh Media Network, and is currently supported by a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.

Bangladesh’s chequered history with media censorship: Blocking access to news websites, and consequently stifling press freedom, isn’t a new phenomenon in Bangladesh, which was ranked 150 in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index.

  • In December 2018, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) had ordered 54 news portals to be blocked.
  • The Al Jazeera report also claims that Bangladesh blocked access to its website after it carried a story that accused General Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s security adviser was using state security to abduct three men following a business dispute.
  • Indian digital publication, The Wire, was also blocked in Bangladesh in 2017, after it carried a story accusing the country’s military intelligence of abducting an academic.

Bangladesh’s Digital Security Bill has been criticised for stifling free speech: In September 2018, Bangladesh had passed the Digital Security Bill 2018, amid widespread protests against the Bill. The Asia Internet Coalition, which counts Apple, Facebook, Google, Amazon, LinkedIn, Twitter among others as its members, had said that the Bill can have a chilling effect on free speech.

Written By

MediaNama’s mission is to help build a digital ecosystem which is open, fair, global and competitive.

Views

News

The US and other countries' retreat from a laissez-faire approach to regulating markets presents India with a rare opportunity.

News

When news that Walmart would soon accept cryptocurrency turned out to be fake, it also became a teachable moment.

News

The DSCI's guidelines are patient-centric and act as a data privacy roadmap for healthcare service providers.

News

In this excerpt from the book, the authors focus on personal data and autocracies. One in particular – Russia.  Autocracies always prioritize information control...

News

By Jai Vipra, Senior Resident Fellow at Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy The use of new technology, including facial recognition technology (FRT) by police...

You May Also Like

Advert

135 job openings in over 60 companies are listed at our free Digital and Mobile Job Board: If you’re looking for a job, or...

News

Rajesh Kumar* doesn’t have many enemies in life. But, Uber, for which he drives a cab everyday, is starting to look like one, he...

News

By Aroon Deep and Aditya Chunduru You’re reading it here first: Twitter has complied with government requests to censor 52 tweets that mostly criticised...

News

Google has released a Google Travel Trends Report which states that branded budget hotel search queries grew 179% year over year (YOY) in India, in...

MediaNama is the premier source of information and analysis on Technology Policy in India. More about MediaNama, and contact information, here.

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ

Subscribe to our daily newsletter
Name:*
Your email address:*
*
Please enter all required fields Click to hide
Correct invalid entries Click to hide

© 2008-2021 Mixed Bag Media Pvt. Ltd. Developed By PixelVJ