The government on Monday unblocked 58 online portals including several newspaper websites after keeping them blocked for almost a day.
Earlier on Sunday, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission at about 1:00pm instructed all the international internet gateway operators to block the portals following instructions from authorities concerned, BTRC senior assistant director Zakir Hossain Khan told New Age on Monday.
The move was taken with a view to maintaining state security, he said without mentioning on how the online portals had created threat over the state security.
The IIG operators implemented the BTRC instruction accordingly by blocking the portals.
The government move, however, drew huge criticism among the people that was reflected in social media sites including in Facebook.
Amid criticism, the government on Monday evening released all 58 online portals by sending instruction to the IIG operators.
After the announcement of national election schedule on November 8, the government on November 19 blocked videoconferencing application Skype and its site for almost a day.
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