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Hearing to ban Al Jazeera in tomorrow morning

Staff Correspondent
National
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The High Court will hear a writ petition filed today seeking directions to stop the broadcasting of Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera in Bangladesh. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 am.

The High Court bench comprising Justice Kamrul Hossain Mollah and Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia fixed this time in the morning. Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) lawyer Khandaker Reza-e-Rakib was present at the hearing.

The writ petition was filed in the High Court on Monday, February 8 seeking directions to stop Al Jazeera from broadcasting in Bangladesh. The petition seeks directions to remove the report on Bangladesh recently aired on the television channel from all online platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Anamul Kabir Emon filed the writ petition. The post and telecommunications secretary, information secretary, secretary of home ministry, chairman of BTRC, IG of police and others were made defendants.

The report, titled "All the Prime Minister's Men", was published in Al Jazeera on February 1. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Information, Directorate of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) and Police Headquarters have issued separate statements protesting the report.

Besides, protests and anger have also been expressed from the government. Journalists from Bangladesh have also protested. A section of the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) has issued a statement.A writ petition was filed in the High Court yesterday.

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