Bangladesh actress ordered to take down ‘vulgar’ social media images

The conservative Muslim country has stepped up its campaign against adult content online. (AFP)
Updated 19 February 2019
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Bangladesh actress ordered to take down ‘vulgar’ social media images

  • Social media star Sanai Mahbub was ordered to attend a Dhaka police station on Sunday
  • It is believed to be the first case of its kind to hit the national entertainment industry

DHAKA: Provocative selfies earned Bangladeshi social media star Sanai Mahbub a reprimand from Bangladesh police on Monday, as authorities in the conservative Muslim country step up their campaign against adult content online.
The aspiring actress, who regularly posts suggestive but fully-clothed photographs on social media platforms, hit local headlines last year after becoming the first Bangladeshi celebrity to announce that she had undergone breast enhancement surgery.
In what is believed to be the first case of its kind to hit the national entertainment industry, the 21-year-old was ordered to attend a Dhaka police station on Sunday and told to pull the photos.
Nazmul Islam, a senior official of the Dhaka police cyber-crime unit, said the actress was “counselled” by officers and told to remove the “vulgar” content.
“We highly respect freedom of speech in a democratic system. But her content has drawn protests from angry parents,” Islam, said, adding that some of her images could be “illegal” under the country’s pornography laws.
“We are tirelessly working to create a free and safe Internet for everyone. So, we don’t want content which goes against our social norms, especially for children,” he said.
Bangladesh has launched a crackdown on Internet pornography in recent weeks, with telecoms regulators ordering service providers to block hundreds of adult websites.
Mahbub said she did not think her images were “adult only.”
“These are just part of my modelling career and part of my freedom,” she said.
“Some of my content has faced widespread criticism because of the alleged 18+ nature.” But she said the posts were “misunderstood” and she had “no intention of hurting social norms.”


Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

Updated 23 March 2019
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Pacquiao polls Twitter on who to fight next

  • The poll listed Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter as the choices
  • Pacquaio has 61 wins including 39 knockouts against seven losses and two draws in a 24-year career

MANILA: Philippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao took to social media to poll millions of fans on who they think should be his next opponent, having brushed off calls to hang up his gloves after turning 40.
“Who should I fight next?” the world’s only eight-division champion asked in a Twitter survey that drew 27,380 votes after five hours and listed Floyd Mayweather, Keith Thurman, Danny Garcia and Shawn Porter as the choices.
The poll, also linked to Pacquiao’s Facebook wall, has 18 more hours to run. It did not indicate how the voting had gone so far.
Pacquiao, who has 2.51 million followers on Twitter and 11.76 million on Facebook, is known to have been angling for a rematch with Mayweather, who beat the Filipino on points in the world’s richest prize fight in 2015.
Pacquiao’s decisive victory over American fighter Adrien Broner in January was supposed to have opened the door to that route. But the unbeaten Mayweather, officially retired, has been non-committal.
Many Facebook users urged Pacquiao, who has 61 wins including 39 knockouts against seven losses and two draws in a 24-year career, to fight Mayweather.
“Floyd of course then retire,” Carlos De Luna Lagunsad added.
But another fan urged the 40-year-old to face International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Errol Spence, who easily beat challenger Garcia in a match between two previously undefeated boxers on Saturday.
“Show this young guys why u r a living legend,” Meg Osh Tin Oniuqa said.