Photo: BigstockNewspaper editors reiterate their objections to some sections of the recently passed lawThe Editors’ Council will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Saturday to reiterate its demand that the Digital Security Act be amended to protect the freedom of speech, independent journalism, and media institutions from the threat of police intervention and arbitrary arrest. The decision was taken at a meeting of the platform of newspaper editors held at The Daily Star Centre in Dhaka on Thursday, with Daily Ittefaq Editor Tasmima Hossain in the chair, according to a statement issued after the meeting. The statement said the council accepted the need for strengthening cyber security through an appropriate legal framework but opposed some specific sections – namely 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53 – of the act recently signed into law by President Md Abdul Hamid. The editors also demanded that the Digital Security Act be amended in the next session of parliament which will be held in thenear future. “We [Editors’ Council] consider this to be a good opportunity to respond to the concerns of all journalists and citizens in general who consider the act as a serious threat to freedom of speech and freedom of expression."
Source: Dhaka Tribune October 11, 2018 17:48 UTC