Digital Security Act: Despite some abuses, I do not support repeal

Justice Minister Anisul Huq has admitted that the Digital Security Act has been misused and abused to some extent.

“But I will not support the repeal of the Digital Security Act. It was earlier found that a journalist was arrested immediately after filing a complaint under the Digital Security Act. In this situation, I have ensured that no one will be arrested immediately after filing a case under this law. The relevant courts will take appropriate action if someone commits a punishable offence,” he said. .

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Yesterday, the minister was speaking at an exchange of views meeting with government litigants and prosecutors at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital. The meeting was organized by the Law and Justice Division of the Ministry of Justice.

Anisul said the nation’s father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman included media independence in the constitution as a fundamental right. The government led by his daughter Sheikh Hasina will never formulate such a law that would undermine press freedom and freedom of expression, he added.

Cybercrimes are not committed physically and the Digital Security Act was formulated to organize trials for cybercrimes, the minister said.

He urged lawyers not to repeatedly request the adjournment of hearings in order to reduce the backlog of cases.

Eight government litigants and as many public prosecutors from eight divisions spoke at the meeting, which was chaired by the Secretary of Law and Justice Division, Md Golam Sarwar.

Sylvia B. Polson