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  • Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad

    JS body to sit with journos over Digital Security Act

    The parliamentary standing committee on telecom and ICT says it will sit with newspaper editors, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists and owners of the electronic media to know their concern about the Digital Security Act-2018.

  • Digital Security Act: Editors' worries 'largely logical'

    Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday assured the Editors' Council of removing loopholes and vagueness in the digital security act

  • Digital Security Act: Minister assures editors can propose amendments

    The law minister assures editors of arranging a meeting with parliamentary standing committee on post, telecom and ICT to place their proposals regarding amendments to the Digital Security Act.

  • Prime Minister's ICT affairs adviser Swajib Wazed Joy

    Digital security act is not for gagging freedom of expression: Joy

    Digital security act has been made not to gag freedom of expression rather to stop spreading of falsehood and militant activities through social media to protect minority community, Prime Minister's ICT affairs adviser Swajib Wazed Joy says.

  • Law Minister Anisul Huq

    Digital Security Act: Freedom of expression to get hurt

    The European Union and 10 countries including the US and the UK have expressed concern over several sections of the proposed Digital Security Act-2018 as what they said is it “would suppress freedom of expression in multiple ways”. Ambassadors of the countries and the EU or their representatives expressed their worry at a meeting with Law Minister Anisul Huq at his secretariat office in Dhaka yesterday.

  • No worries, it's not final

    The road transport and bridges minister has urged the journalist community not to worry about the proposed Digital Security Act-2018, saying that all stakeholders would be consulted before getting it passed.

  • Section 57

    Digital Security Act: Editors demand discussions with stakeholders

    The Shampadak Parishad has voiced deep concern over the inclusion of the controversial Section-57 of the ICT Act and some strict provisions in the draft of the Digital Security Act 2018.

  • Law Minister Anisul Huq says about BNP Acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman

    Journalistic acts won't be considered as spying

    Two senior ministers yesterday said the Digital Security Act-2018 would not be applied to journalists if they wrote on corruption and illegal acts as it would not be considered as spying.

  • Draft of Digital Security Act Approved: Gag on freedom of expression

    The freedom of the press and expression was put to the sword, feared journalists and rights defenders as the cabinet yesterday approved the draft of the Digital Security Act-2018 yesterday.

  • Section 57

    Section 57 in new garb

    Amid calls for the repeal of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, the government has decided to revoke the controversial section that is prone to misuse.

  • Section 57

    No decision yet on section 57

    The government will clarify its position on the controversial section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act while placing the proposed Digital Security Act before the parliament, Law Minister Anisul Huq said yesterday.

  • Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu

    Digital Security Act not to harass journalists: Inu

    Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu says the government is going to formulate the Digital Security Act to ensure common people's digital security, not to harass journalists.

  • The Chilling Effect of Section 57

    More than two dozen editors, journalists, teachers, social media users and free thinkers have already been sued on charges of defamation under Section 57 since March this year.

  • Use of Section 57 against journalists

    Despite the law minister's repeated assurance that Section 57 of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Act would be scrapped, the controversial section remains alive and well and is being increasingly used to file cases against journalists. Now it is reported that, while Section 57 will be removed from the ICT Act, it will be incorporated in the new Digital Security Act, 2016.

  • Fate of section 57 to be decided next month

    Amid growing demands for the repeal of section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act, the government yesterday said it would decide about the section next month and finalise the draft of a Digital Security Act.

  • Govt to finalise Digital Security Act in Aug

    The government will finalise the draft of Digital Security Act in August, Law Minister Anisul Huq says. And the much-talked about section 57 of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act will remain in force till August when the government will take decision in this regard, he added.

  • Opinion: Who will save free speech from police?

    The punitive measures introduce by Bangladesh government are harsher than the ones made by the colonial rulers. The controversial section 57 got embedded into the proposed digital security law which seems to have offered police much more powers to make arrest. Which one is more repressive law: the one made by the colonial ruler or our government, asks Shakhawat Liton.

  • Digital Security Act, 2016

    The draft Digital Security Act 2016, intended to address the need for cyber-crime legislation, according to the authorities, was approved on August 22, 2016, by the Cabinet. But members of civil society, media and activists have already expressed their concerns over the draft law impinging upon people's freedom of expression.