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Bangladesh blocks YouTube access

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Mar 2009 23:32 User comments (7)

Bangladesh blocks YouTube access The Bengali government has blocked access to video-sharing giant YouTube today after a video was posted showing a meeting between the Prime Minister and army soldiers.
The meeting occurred just 48 hours after a brutal mutiny in Dhaka left 70 people dead and the video shows about 40 minutes of a three hour meeting that reveals how angry the military is over the government's handling of the situation.

Over 200 guards have been arrested for their connection to the mutiny, and hundreds more are currently being sought.

Zia Ahmed, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission, said the decision was made in the nation's "best interests" and added that, "the government can take any decision to stop any activity that threatens national unity and integrity."

Prime Minister Shekih Hasina was brutally jeered throughout the meeting, as angry army officials criticized the government's decision to negotiate with the mutineers instead of just crushing the rebellion.

One officer yelled at the Prime Minister during the meeting, "I do not understand who gave you that idea that it has to be solved politically... rebellion has to be crushed with force.

"But you have not done that... politics is not applicable everywhere... if one tank would have gone there or a commando platoon landed there, the [BDR] would have fled like ants... but none went... all my officers were killed helplessly… and you failed to do anything."


This is not the first time the video sharing site has been blocked. Since 2007, the site has been blocked in Thailand, Pakistan and China, each over politically-charged situations.

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7 user comments

19.3.2009 23:53

What's the link to this video?

210.3.2009 0:18
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310.3.2009 7:17

You Tube have also blocked all music video clips being seen in the UK after a dispute over royalty payments with those UK authorities who represent all the copyright holders.


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090310/ten-...be-ea4616c.html

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410.3.2009 12:28

Originally posted by domie:
You Tube have also blocked all music video clips being seen in the UK after a dispute over royalty payments with those UK authorities who represent all the copyright holders.


http://uk.news.yahoo.com/4/20090310/ten-...tml
Good article, but unrelated. This is about the Govt. blocking Youtube completely.

510.3.2009 17:32

It's things like this that make me appreciate P2P...
The "man" can block all he wants, but he'll never be able to censor P2P...

610.3.2009 17:53

That's what the Government in Australia is trying to do heheh. Read about it here.

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