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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

The editorial council wants to cancel section 32


The editorial council has urged the government to remove controversial clauses, including the controversial all sections of the ICT Act, and the section 32 under the proposed Digital Security Act. They demanded that the proposed law be finalized with discussions with the stakeholders without hurry.


Today, the demand was made in a statement by the editor of the editor of the National Press of Bangladesh on Tuesday. Secretary of the Daily Star Editor and Organization Secretary General Mahfuz Anam sent the statement in the media for the council.

Before the statement, a meeting of the Parishad under the chairmanship of Golam Sarwar in the Daily Star Center chaired a discussion on the draft of the Digital Security Act.

The statement said that the Council has expressed deep concern and anger over the abuses of Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act by keeping the controversial articles under the proposed Digital Security Act and additionally adding some new sections. The council thinks that the provisions of the nature of crime and punishment for digital espionage under section 32 of the Digital Security Act, will strike the fundamental sensitivity of democracy and inherent freedom of expression. At the same time, it will create an environment to bind independent journalism.

According to the statement of the editorial council, under the proposed law, if any computer, computer, digital device and electronic data is secret information, it will be called computer or digital spying. For this, strict punishment has been made. The maximum sentence of 14 years or maximum penalty of 25 lakh rupees or both bars If any person commits an offense, he will be punished with imprisonment for life or a maximum of one crore taka or both bars.

The Parishad said that under Article 57 of the ICT Act, there were defamation, strikes on religious feelings, destruction of communal harmony, and demolition of law and order, and the issues of deteriorating law and order were explained without specific explanation. Due to continuous misappropriation of these, journalists and civil society strongly demanded the cancellation of the law. Under the proposed Digital Security Act, the four things are divided into four separate departments, each for different punishment. The editorial council thinks that the need to keep the stakeholders involved in the process of abolishing the old law and formulating new laws.

The editorial council said, the Law Minister assured that with the implementation of the Digital Security Act, 54, 55, 56, 57 and 66 of the ICT Act would be abolished. But the contents of Article 57 have been carefully placed under the proposed Digital Security Act 25, 28, 29 and 31. The council thinks that the proposed law is more stringent. It will also narrow down the range of free journalism and freedom of expression.

Manjamin editor Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, News Today's Riazuddin Ahmed, Financial Express's AHM Moazzem Hossain, Khandakar Muniruzzaman of the news, Nurul Kabir of New Age, Shyamal Datta of Bhorer Paper, Nayeem Nizam of Bangladesh daily, Alamgir Mohiuddin of Nay Digant, Saiful of Jugantor Alam, Banikbarta Dewan Hanif Mahmud, Independent M Shams Rahman, Azadi MA Malek, Inqilab AMM Bahauddin, Karatoya said. Mozammel Haque, Jafar Sobhan of Dhaka Tribune and Motiur Rahman, Editor of the first light.

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