Bangladesh arrests 23 for allegedly spreading rumours online
Twenty-three people have been arrested in Bangladesh for allegedly publishing fake news and spreading rumours to incite violence during a recent protest march.
According to reports, the CEO of an online news portal was held for publishing “illogical and irrelevant” photographs of the police during the nine-day protest, while 22 others, including two students, were arrested for spreading rumours on social media.
The students had taken to the streets on July 29 to demand stricter implementation of traffic rules after two teenagers were killed by a speeding bus. The massive agitation turned violent and left more than 1,000 people injured.
It, however, prompted Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Cabinet to approve a tougher transport law and launch a crackdown on reckless driving.