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4 1/2-Month Ban on BBC Lifted in Bangladesh

Reuters

The Bangladesh government Tuesday lifted a ban that it imposed 4 1/2 months ago on the operations of the British Broadcasting Corp. in Dhaka. Information Minister Mahbubur Rahman made the announcement after talking with William Crawley, chief of the BBC eastern service.

The government banned the BBC on Dec. 12 at the height of a campaign by major opposition parties to topple President Hussain Mohammed Ershad. It accused the BBC of “hostile and tendentious propaganda against Bangladesh . . . that is tantamount to sedition,” expelled a visiting BBC correspondent and jailed a local part-time correspondent for two weeks.

The BBC denied the government’s accusations, saying it was one of the few sources of independent information about the political strife in Bangladesh.


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