The Straits Times
Published on Feb 21, 2013

Bangladesh cracks down on anti-Islam blogs


DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh has launched a crackdown on Internet sites for "hurting religious feelings" in the majority-Muslim nation amid protests by Islamic groups against "atheist anti-Islam" bloggers, officials said Thursday.

Giasuddin Ahmed, vice chairman of the country's telecommunications regulator, told AFP at least two websites had been blocked and authorities have also removed 10 other blogposts for "spreading hatred, provoking social disorder and hurting religious feelings of the people".

"We've taken the actions in line with the country's ICT (Information Communication Techlogy) act," he told AFP.

They have also asked blogsites to "moderate" their posts in an effort to filter out anti-religious writings, another official said.