Teachers and students of Dhaka University demanded immediate withdrawal of a case filed against mass communication and journalism teacher Fahmidul Huq under section 57 of the Information and Communications Technology Act 2006.
They made the demand from a human chain formed at the foot of Aparajeya Bangla on the campus on Sunday morning.
They also demanded immediate repeal of the Section 57 from the 2006 act to ensure freedom of expression.
Dhaka University sociology dept. teacher Samina Lutfa, former information commissioner also DU teacher Sadeka Halim, International Relations department teacher Tanzimuddin Khan, Bangla teacher Mohammad Azam, among others, addressed the human chain.
Tanzimuddin Khan said professor Abul Mansur Ahmed had proven himself a hypocrite by misusing Section 57 of the ICT Act while he had the opportunity to solve the problem internally.
Tanzimuddin further said that the protest also showed that the whole country was oppressed under Section 57 as not a single teacher from the journalism department was taking part in the protest.
Professor Sadeka Halim said that university authority could solve such kind of trivial matter easily and there was no necessity to sued Fahmidul Huq under section 57.
Saying such kind of practice would hamper university’s culture, Samina Lutfa said those teachers, who use these laws for self-interests should be brought to justice.
She also demanded immediate repeal of the law so that people could express their opinions freely.
Earlier on Thursday, professor Abul Mansur Ahmed of mass communication and journalism department filed the case against associate professor Fahmidul Haq of the same department with Shahbagh police station under section 57 of the ICT act.
In the case statement, Prof Mansur complained that his colleague professor Fahmidul has spread false and fabricated allegation in a Facebook group over the publication of master’s degree results.
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