Minister of Justice says digital security law will be amended if necessary


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January 21, 2022 4:00:01 PM

Admitting some misuse and abuse in the implementation of the Digital Security Act (DSA), Justice Minister Anisul Huq said on Thursday that the government would amend the law, if necessary to implement it properly.

“There have been misappropriations and abuses during its implementation. In order to prevent them, we will set best practices with the United Nations human rights office on global best practices and agree the necessary arrangements for the country by adopting a rule. If necessary, the law will be slightly modified,” he said.

The minister made the statement while speaking to reporters after the sixth session of the DC conference at the city’s Osmani Smriti auditorium, UNB reports.

He said they had spoken with the United Nations human rights office twice about the DSA.

“The office was also informed that the government was ready to discuss this and asked them to set the date for the discussion soon. And a six-member committee, headed by the legislative secretary, has been formed in this regard,” he added.

Asked about the committee’s function, the minister said the law was actually enacted to tackle cybercrime, not to take away freedom of speech and freedom of the press.

Anisul Huq said a decision was made after discussions with the Home Secretary that cases would not be registered instantly under the DSA and that media workers and journalists would not be arrested immediately.

“Following this decision, arrests of journalists under the law have largely decreased,” he said.

Responding to a question on the Bill on Appointment of Chief Electoral Commissioner and Election Commissioners, the Minister said that efforts would be made to pass the Bill on the formation of the Electoral Commission during the parliamentary session. In progress.

Recently, the cabinet approved the bill in order to have a law as mentioned in the constitution.

At the conference, the DCs requested that Section 228 of the Penal Code be incorporated into the schedule to the Mobile Court Act.

In this regard, the Minister said that the decision will be made after careful consideration and consideration.

Article 228 of the Penal Code states: “Whoever intentionally insults or interrupts a public official, while that public official is sitting at any stage of a judicial proceeding, shall be punished with simple imprisonment for a term not exceeding to six months, or with a fine of up to one thousand Tk, or with both.

In response to another question, the Minister of Justice said that land registration activities will remain under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice as directed by the Prime Minister.


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