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Authorities silent on anti-state YouTube channel

AUTV News24, YouTube channel, Hefazat-e-Islam, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

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Authorities silent on anti-state YouTube channel

A YouTube channel filled with anti-state and anti-government contents has been running without any actions despite the matter has already been brought into the attention of the authorities concerned.

According to information, several weeks ago, editor of this newspaper wrote to a number of senior officials of Bangladesh Police informing them about existence of a YouTube channel named AUTV News24.

Subsequently, Blitz also published a report exposing the notoriety of AUTV News 24 channel. But, unfortunately, the channel is still continuing.

The channel named AUTV News24, which is clearly one of the many propaganda vessels of Hefazat-e-Islam and anti-government elements posted a content on April 4, 2021 where a radical Muslim is seen passing extremely derogatory comments about Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. He also is seen giving open call to the members of Hefazat-e-Islam to destroy homes and properties of Awami League members and supporters and murder them. Such content though is tantamount to high treason under the existing law of Bangladesh, no action has been taken against the culprits until filing of this report. This seditious content has been viewed by over 8,66,812 people, while more than 4,400 pro-jihadists have commented on it. The channel has a mobile number 0171-5001-882 in it, and said, people can reach them in this number via IMO voice app.

AUTV News24 was launched on May 8, 2016, while it also has connections with several pro-militancy channels on the video sharing platform.

On YouTube, AUTV News24 in the ABOUT section states: “This channel is for all about Bangla sports news, Bangla politics news, Bangla star news, Bangla trending news, probashi [expatriate] news, all Bangla viral news, Bangla update news. Please subscribe my channel AUTV News24. My IMO number 00881715001822.

The content posted on YouTube channel AUTV News24 on April 4, 2021 should be immediately monitored and stern legal actions should be taken against the speaker of the content as well as people involved with AUTV News24 channel.

Our reporters have also identified several pro-militancy YouTube channels such as: Osman Khan (this channel was launched on December 12, 2013 and states “This is official YouTube channel [of] Osman Khan. This channel [if for] entertainment purpose), AR Cox’s Media, AF Production, RS Voice TV, N Islami 24 [Neo Islami Tv, possibly run by Neo JMB members], Neel Bangla, ShahadatShowrov Official, ASTV News, N Islamic24 [this channel also possibly is owned by Neo JMB], BD Bangla News 24 etcetera.

Authorities concerned should immediately investigate the matter and initiate stern legal action against the owner of this channel along with his cohorts.

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