Sun, Mar 8th, 2009 10:32 pm BdST
Dhaka, Mar 08 (bdnews24.com)—A top regulatory official has defended blocking of Websites to Bangladeshi visitors in the national interest, saying it is permitted by law.
Popular video site YouTube and blog site esnips.com could not be accessed by visitors from Bangladesh territory in the last two days, leading to reports that the Websites might have been blocked by the authorities.
"Nothing has been done which is beyond the jurisdiction of the government," BTRC chairman Zia Ahmed told bdnews24.com, when asked to confirm the reports.
An audio on the proceedings of the Mar 1 meeting between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and hundreds of army officers at the Dhaka cantonment in the wake of the Feb 25-26 BDR mutiny was posted on both the sites, and visitors passed on the links through emails.
Some newspapers also carried abridged versions of the texts of the audio, leaked apparently by rogue intelligent agents.
"The government can take any decision to stop any activity that threatens national unity and integrity," said retired brigadier general Zia Ahmed.
"Our clients have been complaining that they cannot open these two sites," said Sumon Ahmed, managing director of BDCOM, an ISP.
"We suspect it has been filtered at the Internet Gateway," he told bdnews24.com.