Ganajagaran Mancha spokesperson Imran H Sarker on Friday said the proposed digital security law would suppress the freedom of expression and take the nation back to the medieval period.
Condemning the latest move of the government, Imran Sarker also said that the government was going to enact the law incorporating controversial section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 so that the corruptions and illegal activities of the government could not be reported.
Imran came up with these remarks while addressing a protest rally in front of the National Museum at Shahbagh in Dhaka on Friday afternoon.
He further said that the citizen journalism, which was one of the greatest tools to report the incidents, which mainstream media usually do not dare to publish, would be the worst sufferer.
Demanding immediate cancellation of the proposed law, Imran also said that they would launch movement if the bill would be passed into law.
He also alleged that law enforcement agencies intercept their peaceful programme by snatching away their loud-speakers.
Meanwhile, Members of Satkhira Press Club also formed a human chain on Friday morning demanding cancellation of the proposed law, reported New Age correspondent.
On Monday, the cabinet gave final approval to the draft Digital Security Bill.
The draft of the new law stipulates maximum 14 years of imprisonment and Tk 1 crore in fine for spreading propaganda against the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 1971 Liberation War through electronic media or any other digital device.
The maximum punishment was also proposed for ‘cyber-terrorism’ affecting the country’s integrity and sovereignty.
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