Law minister Anisul Huq said Tuesday that Section 32 in the Digital Security Bill was not drafted targeting journalists.
Speaking at a meet the press event hosted by the Law Reporters Forum at the Dhaka Reporters Unity, he said that after the bill becomes a law it would not obstruct investigative reporting.
Asked whether, the bill’s Section 32 could be misused to bring espionage charges against investigative reporters for preserving or sending information about government, semi-government, or statutory bodies through computers, digital machines, computer or digital networks.
Anis said that only those providing such information to enemies of Bangladesh would be penalized under Section 32.
He said that investigative reporting would not be an offence under Section 32 of the proposed law.
He said that he would throughout his life, as a lawyer, provide legal service to any investigative reporter facing cases under this section.
Anis shot back, ‘Why should you take the section on your shoulders since it does not seek to target you.’
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