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Legal notice seeks removal of objectionable scenes from streaming sites in 24 hours

  • Published at 11:02 am June 14th, 2020
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The notice states that such objectionable scenes in online contents are on the rise in absence of proper legal control

A legal notice was issued on Sunday seeking removal of inappropriate content from streaming sites in Bangladesh within 24 hours.

Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Md Tanvir Ahmed sent the notice via email to six recipients -- the secretaries of information and home ministries, the chairman and director (Legal) of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, the inspector general of police, and the deputy inspector general of the CID's Cyber Police Bureau.

Tanvir in the notice said that the inaction and apathy of the concerned authorities in regards to widespread streaming of immoral and reprehensible video content were evidently contributing to societal moral degradation.

The notice then outlined how certain web contents were an “apparent violation of The Pornography Control Act, 2012 and The Digital Security Act, 2018.”

Tanvir also accused two web series (August 14 and Boomerang) from the new Bangladeshi streaming platform Binge of “questionable scenes” and not displaying sufficient disclaimers when depicting cigarette or alcohol consumption.

He also called the shows a threat to the country's social and cultural norms.

The recipients of the notice were asked to respond within seven days to why there should not be a separate set of rules for web-based media streaming services.

Failure to do so would initiate legal proceedings “in a competent court of law,” added the notice.

Boomerang has already been taken down from streaming platform Binge.

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