The Digital Security Act (DSA) was not formulated for journalists, Anisul Huq said
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq has warned that stern action would be taken against those who are tarnishing the image of the country while staying abroad.
He came up with the remarks at a programme titled “Meet the Reporters” at the Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) auditorium on Sunday.
He also said proposals have been made to take actions against those involved with fraudulence via digital platforms like Evaly.
Responding to a question on journalists being threatened for covering Rajarbagh Darbar Sharif, the minister said action would be taken against whoever harassed journalists.
“We will take necessary steps to stop journalist harassment,” he added.
He also said that Digital Security Act (DSA) was not formulated for journalists.
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Regarding the trial of former Chief Justice SK Sinha, Anisul said: “I do not want to comment on any running case."
“My response means the response of the government, the Law Ministry. So, I do not want to say anything in this regard,” he added.
Asked about the reaction to the BNP's statement on the election, the minister said: “Fair and neutral elections have been held in the past and will be held again under the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
Referring to the BNP's objection to the Election Commission, he said: “We have to abide by the law in the constitution on forming the EC.”
He said the Election Commission (EC) would be formed through a search committee as the current EC’s tenure will be expired by next February 15 before that a new commission has to be formed. There is no opportunity to form an Election Commission through introducing a new law.
The investigation and trial of the murder of journalist couple Sagar-Runi is being postponed repeatedly. Asked whether this responsibility could be given to someone else, the minister said: “Our criminal investigation is in the hands of the police. So, there is no option to talk to the police or the chief justice until the investigation report is read out. However, as you have said, I will talk to the Home Minister about this.”
Regarding BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's case, the law minister said: “It is not in the hands of the prime minister. Khaleda Zia is a criminal, and her crime has been prosecuted under the law and the trial will be continued.”
“They should be grateful for the special consideration and kindness of the prime minister for arranging her treatment.”
He furthered, those who are tarnishing the image of the government and the country from abroad will be brought under the cybercrime law, the minister said, adding that they will be considered to have committed crimes in Bangladesh even if they are abroad.
The event was presided over by DRU President Morsalin Nomani and conducted by General Secretary of the organization Moshiur Rahman Khan.