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HC orders ban on unregistered online news portals

The High Court today directed the government to block the operation of all online news sites across the nation since they are believed to be producing defamatory news reports and images of various people. The chairs of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission and Bangladesh Press Council have been requested to stop the non-registered news websites within seven days from receiving an HC order. The HC bench consisting of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah delivered the decision while hearing an application for a writ filed by Supreme Court lawyers Rasida Chowdhury Nilu and Zaren Rahman. Lawyer Rasida informed The Daily Star that the HC bench had ordered the suspension of the operations of all non-registered online news sites that harm citizens since they provide defamatory or character-destroying reports, comments and images. She also said that there are the 92 news sites that are registered. In response to the same pe