Journos strongly oppose Digital Security Act

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Dhaka, May 22: Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said the journalist community strongly opposed some provisions of the Digital Security Act.The journalists made the opposition at the meeting held with Editors’ Council, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ), Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO), and the parliamentary standing committee on post, telecommunications and ICT.

Editors’ Council specifically raised objections against Articles 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, and 43 of the draft law saying the vagueness of such provisions would threaten the free media and the freedom of speech.

He said the government would redraft the Digital Security Act that has drawn flack over fears of gagging free media and freedom of speech.

“We (government) will consider the opinion of the journalists. Their opposition is logical. We will redraft the law,” he said.

ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar, who was also present, voiced similar views.

The bill on the Digital Security Act is currently under scrutiny with the parliamentary standing committee on post telecom and ICT ministry.

Today, the parliamentary committee had invited the editors and journalists to share views on it.