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Tarana vows to block pornography website in country

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim is determined to block the pornography websites taking into consideration the country's social norms and values.

To this end, she directed the technical committee that formed by the posts and telecommunications division (PTD) earlier to find out ways to block the porn sites generated both locally and internationally.

Talking to BSS, Tarana Halim this afternoon said the Internet Service providers must have to block the porn sites that are being generated inside the country.

"But, for the international site, we've put concentration to develop a mechanism that would expose the people to us who are signing in to those sites," she said, adding, "So, people would refrain from logging in to the porn site fearing to be exposed."

Replying to a query whether is it possible to block all porn sites, the state minister said: "It should be kept in mind that we couldn't block cent percent sites, but if we could block 80 percent, it would be huge job for us."

Earlier, on November 28, the posts and telecommunications division (PTD) formed a committee to prepare a database of the websites spreading "pornography" and "objectionable contents" in cyber space.

The committee, headed by a director general of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), is assigned to prepare a set of recommendation to thwart pornography and any ill motive in the cyber space.

Representatives of PTD, information ministry, national telecommunication monitoring centre (NTMC), internet service providers, mobile phone operators and law enforcement agencies are also in the committee.

Tarana said: "We've asked the committee to come up with specific technical proposal and recommendation to block the porn sites."

She said the committee is working and would submit list of porn sites and technical proposal within 15 days from forming of the committee.

According to the PTD officials, the committee would prepare a full list of the websites of pornography and objectionable contents and formulate a three-tier technical proposal to curb the pornography and objectionable contents.

The three-tier proposal would include -immediate, interim and final action-plans.

Besides, mass awareness would also be raised to curb the pornography and objectionable contents in the country.

According to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), now the country has over 6.68 crore internet users, of which 6.30 crore users browse through mobile phone.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)