Eminent lawyer Sara Hossain has said the government should hold discussions with all stakeholders on the proposed Digital Security Act.
Citing as an example Section 57 of the Information Technology Act, she said not only journalists, but also students, teachers, rights activists, general people became victims of the misuse of the controversial provision.
“The Digital Security Act is a matter of concern not only for journalists, but for all. If the proposed act is passed into law without any review or reconsideration, it will be misused and make people suffer heavily, just like Section 57 of the ICT Act,” she added.
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Sara made the remarks while addressing a dialogue titled “Fundamental Rights and Digital Security Act-2018,” organized by the Committee for the Protection of Fundamental Rights at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday.
The law minister had admitted that many suffered and were still suffering because of the misuse of Section 57, Sara said.
“Who will provide compensation to those victims?” the lawyer asked.
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Constitution expert Dr Shahdeen Malik said the proposed act has provisions for some offences that are already mentioned in the Penal Code, where the range of punishment is lower than suggested in the Digital Security Act.
He also described the act as a move to “stop people from enjoying their freedom of expression.”