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Social medias will be reopened: Asaduzzaman

Report: Staff Report
Published : Monday 30 November, 2015 09:31 PM

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan today said Facebook along with other social networking sites will be reopened.

"The government suspended the operation of social networking sites Facebook, viber and WhatsApp temporarily to ensure public security and to check any anarchy by extremists," he said.

The home minister said this while talking to reporters at his office at Bangladesh Secretariat after an inter-ministerial meeting on Victory Day celebrations on December 16.

He said the social networking sites will be restored once the situation changes. He however termed the country's current law and order as normal.

Replying to a question, he said criminals have already been identified and the law enforcers would be able to arrest them soon.

He said there is no existence of the Islamic State (IS) in the country. The Home Minister said the government will allow access to Facebook and other messaging applications again when there will be no apprehension of criminal activities.

Asaduzzaman said the law enforcers would keep vigilance to ensure smooth celebration of the Victory Day on December 16 like the previous years.

RAB, Police, plainclothes police, Ansar, intelligence and other forces would be deployed for peaceful celebration of the Victory Day, he added. 

Earlier, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (BTRC) suspended the operation of Facebook, Messenger, Viber and WhatsApp in Bangladesh following a Supreme Court verdict that upheld the death sentences of war criminals Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed and Salauddin Quader Chowdhury.

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