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Blitz website is Banned; Free Speech lost the battle against Radical groups

The attack on freedom of speech will not be tolerated by the international media

Blitz website is Banned; Free Speech lost the battle against Redical groups
Blitz website is Banned; Free Speech lost the battle against Redical groups

This is shocking that in today’s world still there are many Anti-Radical groups controlling the media and especially the government authorities.

Yesterday, 22nd January 2019 at 10 am, the Weekly Blitz website banned by the authorities in Bangladesh. Earlier it was just mobile operator Grameen Phone and later by the end of the day the song has been sung by other mobile operators as well.

Free speech is in danger in many Islamic militant states worldwide. Bangladesh is becoming one of the nations run by radical Islamist.

At one side Sheikh Hasina is fighting the radical Islamist forces and another side story is different.

What is happening in Bangladesh?

According to a senior journalist in India, who expressed gravest dismay and surprise at such actions, blocking a newspaper like Blitz would definitely leave the wrong signal to the international community about the sincerity of the Bangladesh government about combating militancy.

He said, while Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is continuing her efforts of combating militancy and terrorism, the latest incident of blocking the site of Blitz would only prove the absence of the freedom of the press in Bangladesh. 

It is extremely surprising as to how the Bangladesh authorities have taken such a ridiculous step of blocking the online edition of Blitz.

International rights groups, particularly, Committee to Protect Journalists, Reporters Sans Frontiers, PEN and other organizations need to condemn this notorious actions of Bangladesh government.

The incident of blocking Blitz online edition took place at a very crucial time when the foreign and local observers of the January 30 general elections have withdrawn their previous comment stating the election took place in a free and fair manner.

Seeking anonymity, a source inside Grameen Phone told Blitz, it has blocked the link to the online edition of the newspaper as well it’s sister publication Jamjamat being instructed by the Bangladesh authorities.
It may be mentioned here that, Blitz has published several investigative reports on Colonel (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan, who is accused of funding Islamic State (ISIS). Khan currently lives in the UK escaping legal actions in Bangladesh.
The incident of blocking Blitz online edition took place at a very crucial time when the foreign and local observers of the January 30 general elections have withdrawn their previous comment stating the election took place in a free and fair manner.
Editorial board of The Eastern Herald strongly condemns this unacceptable actions of the Bangladesh authorities and hopes, the block will be immediately lifted and there should be an investigation into the matter to identify the culprits who had played foul behind such notoriety. This actions of the Bangladesh authorities clearly is a violation of press freedom and freedom of expression.
We appeal to the international authorities to exert discipline on the Bangladeshi authorities and remove this banning.