Transparency International Bangladesh on Wednesday urged the president to back the Digital Security Bill 2018 to the parliament for reviewing some sections, terming it as ‘black law’.
Expressing grave concern over some sections of the bill, speakers urged president not to assent the bill.
TIB formed a human chain at TSC of Dhaka University marking International Right to Information Day and said the bill was against the spirit of Liberation War.
Mentioning the Digital Security Bill as contradictory to the constitutional right to freedom of expression and ideology of the Liberation War, its executive director Iftekharuzzaman said it will create greater risk of insecurity not only for expressing opinion freely but also for practicing basic human rights of both the media workers and mass people if the act comes into effect without proper reviews.
Comparing the act with colonial Official Secrets Act, Iftekharuzzaman said it was backward thinking and a threat to investigative journalism.
On September 19, Jatiya Sangsad passed the Digital Security Bill ignoring the concern expressed by different national and international quarters, including journalists.
According to the amendment, law enforcers would need no permission from the Digital Security Agency, as proposed in the bill, for arresting or searching anyone or any place and seizing anything on suspicion without any warrant or order of any court.
Meanwhile, journalist leaders already voiced concern over section 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, and 43 of the bill.
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