On September 19, parliament passed the much-talked about bill
Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday urged the government to review and amend some “controversial” sections of the Digital Security Act 2018, terming them “black law.”
Expressing grave concern, Dr Iftekharuzzaman said the act was contradictory to the constitutional right of freedom of expression and a heinous attempt to choke the voice of dissent.
“We are very disappointed at its passage in parliament. However, we hope the president will not assent to the bill and instead send it back to the House to review the controversial sections,” he said.
The TIB Executive Director made the remarks addressing a human chain organized in front of the Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University, marking the International Right to Know Day set to be observed on Friday.
Iftekharuzzaman said: "We are not opposing the act, but we are just demanding amendment to some sections. It will jeopardize not only the free expression of opinions but also practice of basic human rights of both the media and the masses. It will also hamper investigative journalism."
He hoped the government would take steps to reconsider the Act’s controversial sections.
On September 19, parliament passed the much-talked about Digital Security Bill 2018, ignoring the concerns expressed about eight sections of the Act by various domestic and foreign quarters, including journalists.
The new act provides for stiff penalties for a wide range of cyber infractions.