Journalists prosecuted under DSA don’t need instant arrest: Justice Minister

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“I spoke to the Home Secretary and told him that journalists should not be arrested just after being prosecuted under the DSA,” he said.

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November 04, 2021, 8:00 p.m.

Last modification: 04 November 2021, 20:01

Anisul Huq, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

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Anisul Huq, Minister of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs

Justice Minister Anisul Huq said journalists should not be arrested immediately if charges are brought against them under the Digital Security Act (DSA).

“I spoke to the Home Secretary and told him that journalists should not be arrested just after being prosecuted under the DSA,” he said.

The minister made the remark while addressing reporters at the secretariat on Thursday.

The justice minister said he discussed two issues with the interior minister.

If a complaint is made against a journalist under the DSA, the police do not have to register it immediately.

There was a section in the ICT law where there was a provision of a cell and such cases should be registered to the satisfaction of the cell, the minister added.

Regarding the DSA, the minister said: “We will take action against those who ‘abuse and misuse’ this law because the DSA is a much needed law.”

“This law was enacted so as not to hamper freedom of speech or freedom of the press and I repeat that over and over again,” the minister said.

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