No content reproduction without consent

The government will act against those who will reproduce media comments or write-ups on social media without consent of the authors.

Published : 10 April 2013, 10:35 AM
Updated : 10 April 2013, 08:33 PM

The committee formed to identify and take action against those making derogative comments against Islam made the decision at a meeting at the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday, its chief said.

The panel asked the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) to block the Facebook page ‘Basherkella’, believed to be managed by Jamaat-e Islami activists, and the blog, ‘Nurani Chapa Samagra’, operated in the pseudonym used by blogger and Shahbagh movement activist Rajib Haider, who was hacked to death on Feb 15.

Head of the committee, Maeen Uddin Khandaker, also an Additional Secretary at the ministry, told reporters after the meeting: “Reproduction in the mass media of any comment on blogs or Facebook must be done with permission from the writer. Actions will be taken as per the law against those publishing (the contents) without permission.”
He said the law-enforcing agencies have been asked to find out if there are opinions or blog entries published in the media without consent of the authors.
About closure of ‘Basherkella’ and ‘Nurani Chapa Shamagra’ he said: “These pages are spreading communal incitement. So the BTRC has been asked to block them.”
The BTRC special team for combating cyber crime (BD-CSIRT) already closed several blogs and Facebook pages for allegedly fanning communal hatred.
The committee was formed on Mar 13 to detect comments against Islam on Facebook and blogs.
Toufique Imrose Khalidi
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