Bangladesh govt blocks over 30 news websites

Bangladesh government has blocked over 30 online portals and news websites, including some pro-opposition media.

The head of the national telecoms regulator Bangladesh Telecommunications and Regulatory Commission, BTRC said the websites were shut down late on Friday night on government orders.

Bdnews has reported that BTRC did not assign any reason for the action.

The list of blocked news portals included Sheershanews.com and Amar Desh Online, a news portal linked to a pro-opposition Bengali daily that the government shut down in 2013.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had publicly criticised Bangladeshi TV channels over live telecast of the government’s preparations during the country’s worst hostage crisis.