Bangladesh to Snoop Online in ‘Blasphemy’ Crackdown

March 20, 2013


Bangladesh announced plans Thursday to monitor social media networks such as Facebook in a bid to identify bloggers who have been accused of insulting Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

A special panel is being set up, including leaders of the main intelligence agencies and the telecoms regulator, to exchange information and track down the people behind recent posts that have caused outrage among Islamic groups.

“We will try our best to dig out what’s actually happening and find out the people who’re making blasphemous comments against Islam and the Prophet,” said Mainuddin Khandaker, a senior home ministry official who will head the panel.

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