Mutiny aftermath: Bangladesh blocks YouTube

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9 Mar 2009

Bangladesh blocked access to the video-sharing site YouTube after it hosted a recording of a tense meeting between the prime minister and army officials following a bloody mutiny by border guards, officials said Monday.

The insurrection last month claimed more than 70 lives, shook the two-month-old government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and raised tensions with the powerful military, which opposed her handling of the incident.

YouTube "has been temporarily blocked in the national interest," said Abbas Faruq, a spokesman for the government's regulatory body that oversees the Internet, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Faruq said gateway access to a few other Web sites, like, were also being blocked. He would not say when the sites would be unblocked.

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