Writ to close Al Jazeera: নিয়োগ Appointment of Amicus Curiae

The High Court has appointed six amicus curiae (friends of the court) to seek their views on whether the High Court can order the closure of Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera television network in Bangladesh and the removal of ‘All the Prime Minister’s Men’ from the online platform.

The six lawyers are Senior Lawyer and Former Attorney General AJ Mohammad Ali, Former Attorney General Fida M Kamal, Senior Lawyer Abdul Matin Khasru, Senior Lawyer Kamal Ul Kamal, Prabir Niyogi and Lawyer Shahdin Malik. The court directed the concerned branch of the High Court to convey the order to them today.

Justice on Wednesday. The High Court bench of Mojibur Rahman Mia and Justice Md Kamrul Hossain Mollah passed the order.

The court will hear their views on February 15 at 11 am.

Barrister Enamul Kabir Emon appeared for the writ petition. Deputy Attorney General Nowroz Md. Russell Chowdhury represented the state and Advocate Reza E Rakib represented the BTRC.

Earlier, on February 8, a writ petition was filed in the High Court to stop the broadcasting of Qatar-based television channel Al Jazeera television network in Bangladesh. The writ petition sought guidance to remove the ‘All the Prime Minister’s Men’ report from all online platforms, including YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Enamul Kabir Emon filed the writ petition.

In the writ petition, the Secretary of Posts and Telecommunications, Secretary of Information and Technology, Chairman of BTRC, Inspector General of Police and others have been made defendants.

An investigative report on Bangladesh was aired on Al Jazeera on February 1, which caused a huge reaction. The report alleges that high-ranking officials were involved in corruption. Officially this report has been strongly protested. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bangladesh Army also strongly condemned and protested the report. The report, which was given to Al Jazeera TV network from various quarters of the government, has been called untrue.

A statement from the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said:


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