Law Minister Anisul Huq has pledged to represent investigative journalists without fee if they are sued for “espionage” under Section 32 of the proposed Digital Security Act.
The minister was speaking during a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity Tuesday morning.
“The act (Digital Security Act) was not formulated to keep journalism in check. So why are you people (journalists) taking this upon yourself?” the minister asked journalists covering the event.
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“Till my last breath, if anyone of you is sued under this section (Section 32), I will personally represent him/her in court without fee,” he said.
“This section will only come into effect if the authorities find evidence that espionage has been carried out using digital devices; like what happened during the reserve bank (Cyberheist of more than $81m from the Bangladesh Bank account at New York Federal Reserve). Shouldn’t we use the section for such crimes?
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“I agree the categories of crimes the new act (Digital Security Act) cover are all in the Bangladesh Penal Code. But it (penal code) does not cover how a court should proceed when crimes like these are perpetrated using digital devices. The new law will allow the courts to do just that,” the law minister said.
This article was first published in banglatribune.com