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Iqbal Sobhan: Responsible journalists need not fear Digital Security Act

  • Published at 11:58 pm September 29th, 2018
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Prime minister’s Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury addresses Awami League leaders and local journalists at the Tangail Circuit House yesterday Dhaka Tribune

The Digital Security Bill 2018 was passed in parliament on September 19 with stiff penalties for a wide variety of cyber infractions

The prime minister’s Media Affairs Adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury said that those who practice responsible and objective journalism have no reason to fear the new Digital Security Act.

“Those who are involved in yellow journalism and slander, or attack the country or its people are the ones who will be affected by this law, as it is intended to do,” he said on Saturday.

“If true journalists are affected, we, the cultural society, will protest it ourselves,” he said at a meeting between Awami League leaders and local journalists at the Tangail Circuit House. 

He also said: “The government has made good progress towards implementing the Ninth Wage Board for journalists and newspaper employees, which will include both print and electronic media.”

The Digital Security Bill 2018 was passed in parliament on September 19 with stiff penalties for a wide variety of cyber infractions.

However, journalists and rights campaigners have said that the law could quash freedom of speech, especially on social media, and would undermine responsible journalism.

Former vice-chancellor of Bangabandhu Medical College Dr Kamrul Hasan Khan, Tangail district unit Awami League President Fazlur Rahman Khan Faruq, and Tangail Sadar Upazila Parishad chairman Khorshed Alam were, among others, present at yesterday’s event.