March 08, 2009

YouTube ban confirmed

Cartoon by Kolpo courtesy Arif

AFP reports:
Bangladesh has blocked the video sharing website YouTube for hosting a recorded conversation between the newly elected prime minister and the country's powerful army officers, officials said Sunday.

Internet users were unable to access the site after it hosted the audio tape, which appeared to show angry officers shouting at Sheikh Hasina over her handling of a bloody mutiny that has threatened Bangladesh's recent return to democracy.
BDNews24 reports that a Bangladesh government official defended blocking of YouTube and eSnips:
“Nothing has been done which is beyond the jurisdiction of the government,” BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed told, when asked to confirm the reports.

“The government can take any decision to stop any activity that threatens national unity and integrity,” said retired brigadier general Zia Ahmed.


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