Bangladesh man jailed for altered picture of PM
A BANGLADESHI man who distorted and posted photos of the prime minister has been sentenced to seven years in jail under tough internet laws that critics say are used to muzzle dissent. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, re-elected in December in polls tainted by violence, mass arrests and claims of rigging, has been accused of increasing authoritarianism. Mohammad Monir, 35, was found guilty late on Wednesday by a Dhaka cyber tribunal for doctoring and publishing on social media images of Hasina and ex-president Zillur Rahman. He was convicted under section 57 of the South Asian country’s Information and
Communication Technology (ICT) laws. Since the cyber court began functioning in 2013, at least seven people have been sentenced to jail for similar offences, prosecutor Nazrul Islam Shamim said.