BTRC says it does not know whether BNP's website has been blocked or not
Telecom regulator Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) says it has recently blocked many websites on national security grounds.
“This was done for the sake of national security; we have a responsibility to maintain law and order and blocking sites that might disrupt law and order is within our jurisdiction,” said BTRC Senior Assistant Director (Media & Communication Wing) Zakir Hossain Khan.
He, however, said they do not know whether BNP’s website has been blocked or not.
Law enforcement agencies have been taking strict steps to prevent the publicity of unwanted news and propaganda ahead of the national election. For this reason, BTRC, on December 10, blocked 54 websites.
Meanwhile, BNP says its website has been blocked since last week.
Sayrul Kabir Khan, a member of the BNP chairperson’s press wing, said: “We have submitted a letter to the Election Commission informing them about the site being blocked but the Commission is yet to take any action in this regard.”
Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam told the Dhaka Tribune that he was unaware of the website being blocked.
He, however, added that the commission would not be able to unblock BNP’s website. “They (BNP) can take legal action about the matter,” he suggested.
Sayrul Kabir Khan said that they were unable to upload the manifesto on their site because it has been down for a week.
Niaz Mahmud has also contributed to the story