The number of ‘controversial’ digital law cases in Bangladesh during the Corona period is surpassing all past records. And analyzing the case, it is seen that the journalists are becoming the main target.
The analysis of the data shows that from January to June 22, about 25 percent of the cases filed under the Digital Act are journalists. 52 people have been arrested in these cases, including 12 journalists.
Police, administrative officials and leaders and activists of the ruling political party or their affiliated organizations have filed cases against the journalists.
Law analysts and human rights activists say the government is using the law as a tool to silence journalists and citizens in order to cover up its failure in Corona.
Farooq Faisal, Bangladesh and South Asia Regional Director for Article 19, a British organization working on freedom of speech and human rights, said: “Corona can’t handle it. The case is being filed under digital law. ”
The country’s law on digital security seems to have become a symbol of human freedom of speech. The media, even those who express themselves on social media, are always in a state of panic.
Laws are made in any country considering the advantages and disadvantages of the people If the level of inconvenience increases due to the law made keeping in mind the advantages, then the law also changes, in many cases it is also repealed. But in our country we often see the opposite trend
The country’s law on digital security seems to have become a symbol of human freedom of speech. The media, even those who express themselves on social media, are always in a state of panic, realizing that the sword of the law fell on them.
However, before the enactment of this law, there was a lot of discussion, people from different sections of the society had different views. Tragically, most of these views have been ignored in legislation.
Teachers, journalists and intellectuals are the victims of Section 57 of the Information Technology Act In the meantime, Digital Security Act 8 has been passed in the parliament The European Union (EU) has called for a review of the Digital Security Act.
The EU called for a review of the digital security law and further discussion of the law in a statement on Thursday. “Some sections of the Digital Security Act will restrict freedom of speech and independent media,” they said.