Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission yesterday directed all International Internet Gateway (IIG) operators to block 35 news websites.
“The commission has directed the authorities concerned to block some news websites following a government directive,” BTRC official told The Daily Star over the phone last night.
“We are now more actively monitoring the media and social media platforms,” the official added.
It is a threat to press freedom as blocking the news websites. It was not clear when the news sites will be blocked.
The news sites that will be taken down are:
rtnews24.com, haquekotha.com, amrabnp.com, real-timenews.com, bnation24.com, nationnewsbd.com, bhoreralap.com, banglapost24.com, dailytimes24.com, mynewsbd.com, livekhobor.com, rikhan.com, sheershanewsbd.com, natunerdak.com, sylhetvoice24.com, somoybangla.com, prothom-news.com, banglalatestnews.com, bdmonitor.net, bdupdatenews24.net, newsdaily24bd.com, amardeshonline.com, doinikamardesh.com, onnojogot24.com, amarbangladesh-online.com, desh-bd.net, crimebdnews24.com,natunsokal.com,sheershakhobor.com, onb24.com, dinkalonline.net, sarabangla.com, parstoday.com, weeklysonarbangla .net and 24banglanewsblog. wordpress.com.