Banned militant group Ansarullah Bangla Team has warned the media in an email against publishing 'anti-jihadi reports'.
"Our directives will be the law for you from today. The consequences will be severe if you do not walk the path of Islam. Towering buildings will crumble to the ground, your heads will roll at the feet of the soldiers of Islam," reads the letter.
The message claims that, according to the Shariah, it is a punishable offence for women to work outside home, and has demanded the sacking of women media workers.
The mail, sent to bdnews24.com and other leading media offices, bears the email [email protected]
The address at the top of the letter says it is from the Ansarullah Bangla Team, main office, Chittagong, Bangladesh. The sender is one Abdullah bin Salim, publicity coordinator, Ansarullah Bangla Team.
Alleging anti-Islam campaign in the social media, the letter has also issued death threats to certain bloggers it has named.
"No one will be spared if you support atheists. If your freedom of expression breaks the limit we have set, every news media unit should be prepared to face [the consequences] of our freedom to vent our anger," says the mail.
"Since the Islamic Shariah holds the working of women outside home and their movements without the 'purdah' as punishable offence, those employing them are equally guilty," says the mail, justifying its fiat for the sacking of female employees. "We are appealing to the entire media to release women from their jobs," say the mail.