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HC directs to remove Al Jazeera’s video from online platforms

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:35 PM, 17 February 2021   Updated: 05:48 PM, 17 February 2021

High Court; File Photo

High Court; File Photo

The High Court today has ordered to remove the video of a controversial report titled “All the Prime Minister’s Men” released on Qatar-based media outlet Al Jazeera from all online platforms.

A virtual high court bench comprising Justice Md. Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Md. Kamrul Hossain Molla gave the directive after the hearing on Wednesday.

Attorney General AM Amin Uddin appeared for the state in the court. Barrister Enamul Kabir Emon, on the other hand, appeared for the writ petition. Khandaker Reza E Rakib was present on behalf of BTRC.

Earlier on February 15, the six Amici Curiae (friend of the court) presented their views to the High Court. 

Meanwhile, senior lawyer Kamal Ul Alam expressed his views, saying that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s name is being mentioned in Al-Jazeera’s documentary “All the Prime Minister’s Men”, but the report did not show any connection with her (Prime Minister).

The High Court, on February 10, appointed six Amici Curiae to seek their views on whether the court can order the ban of the Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera television network in Bangladesh and the removal of “All the Prime Minister’s Men” from the online platform. 

The six lawyers were – Senior Lawyer and Former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali, Former Attorney General Fida M Kamal, Senior Lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru, Senior Lawyer Kamal Ul Kamal, Prabir Niyogi and Lawyer Shahdin Malik.

On February 8, a writ petition was filed in the High Court to ban the broadcasting of Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera television network in Bangladesh. The writ called for the removal of the media’s “All the Prime Minister’s Men” report from all online platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Enamul Kabir Emon filed the writ petition. The Secretary of the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology, Secretary of Information and Communications Technology, BTRC Chairman, Inspector General of Police and others have been made defendants in the writ. 

An investigative report on Bangladesh was aired on Al Jazeera on February 1, which caused a huge reaction. Officially, the report has been strongly protested