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Government closes 35 online news portals; the government does not tolerate dissident views, alleges Mia Ghulam Parwar
Friday, 05th August, 2016

Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former member of the Parliament Professor Mia Ghulam Parwar has issued the following statement protesting and condemning the government’s decision of blocking 35 online news portal including sheershanews.com, rtnn, amardeshonline.com and the online version of Daily Dinkal.

Without any show cause notice, the government has abused its power and orders BTRC to block 35 online news portals. This initiative once again proved that the government cannot tolerate dissident views and criticism by any means though these online news portals are assisting the government by publishing authentic and credible news.

If the government feels any liability to the people, they cannot close these online news portals so recklessly. In a democratic country, such crackdown on media is not only painful but this decision also puts the lives of the working journalists into a misery. It is a common phenomenon for Awami League, whenever they come to the power, they conducts crackdown on media. The incumbent government already shut down Channel One, Diganta Television, Islamic Television and Daily Amar Desh. By executing this decision, the government has seized the freedom of expression as a whole.

Earlier on 16th June of 1975, the then Awami League government had closed all the newspapers except the 4 government sponsored dailies and forced thousands of journalists to become unemployed. Actually by carrying out these activities, the government is moving towards tyrannical rule. They are removing those personnel from the scene, who are being considered as their obstruction. In a word, they are repressing the dissidents more severely.

I am protesting and condemning such dictatorial activities of the government and urging to withdraw the decision of closing 35 online news portals.”