The trial of the cases filed under Section 57 of the ICT Act will continue under the same act until the Digital Security Bill is passed into law
The Digital Security Bill is likely to be passed in the next parliamentary session as it has almost been finalized at a meeting of the parliamentary standing committee.
This was revealed to reporters by the Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology (ICT) Minister Mustafa Jabbar yesterday after he had attended the second session of the 3rd day of District Commissioners’ (DC) conference at the Secretariat, reports UNB.
“The bill is likely to be passed in the next parliamentary session. Now it will require permission of the Director General of Digital Security Agency to file a case against anyone under the proposed law,” he said.
However, the trial of the cases filed under Section 57 of the ICT Act will continue under the same act until the Digital Security Bill is passed into law, said Jabbar.
He said: "The main target of the government is to make sure the Act is not abused. There's nothing called Section 57 in the new act. Only digital crimes have been identified.”
According to the new law, police will have no authority to file cases for those crimes related to Section 57 and permission of the DG of the Digital Security Agency will be mandatory for filing a case, he said, adding that "basically, Section 57 is now dead".
"We believe in freedom of expression. But we're living in a digital age. Digital crimes are more serious than other crimes. We'll have to prevent digital crimes but not gagging the freedom of journalism," he said.
Seeking cooperation from the deputy commissioners, he said that the DCs are in such a position that they need to maintain contact with people from the lower level to highest level of the state. "So, there's no alternative to cooperation of the DCs for building Digital Bangladesh," he added.