Bangladesh blocks Facebook

2010-05-30 13:50

Dhaka - Bangladesh has "temporarily" blocked access to the Facebook social-networking site, government officials said on Saturday, claiming it was being used to satirise politicians and offend the Muslim-majority country.

The government's Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) ordered two internet service providers to block the site, after the arrest of a young man for allegedly putting satirical images of politicians on the site.

"The website will remain blocked until further notice," said the official order.

BTRC Chairperson Zia Ahmed told local media that some images and cartoons that might hurt the religious sensibilities of the Muslim population.

After a failed attempt to close off those links, the regulatory commission has ordered blocking the site temporarily, he added.

Mahbub Alam from Dhaka had been arrested earlier for publishing cartoons of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia on Facebook.