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7 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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draft digital security act 2018

Anisul pledges to protect journos

STAFF REPORTER

Law Minister Anisul Huq yesterday said that, if needed, a sub-section would be included under Section 32 of the Digital Security Act to safeguard investigative journalism. Amid criticism over Section 32 of the proposed Digital Security Act, the law minister also said that he would “fight free of cost” for journalists if they are affected by the section. “Section 32 of the proposed Digital Security Act is not targeted at journalists. If needed, a sub-section will be included under Section 32 in public interest and to safeguard investigative journalism,” the law minister clarified at a programme organised by the Law Reporters’ Forum (LRF) at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.

The minister said: “If any journalist is affected by Section 32 of the proposed act, I will run a legal battle on his/her behalf free of cost.”

LRF president Ashutosh Sarkar presided over the function; its secretary Azizul Islam Pannu conducted the event. Last week, the Cabinet okayed the draft of the Digital Security Act 2018. It incorporates matter from the controversial Section 57 of the ICT Act, only in a more elaborate way. In response to a query, Huq said Khaleda Zia’s claim of the government controlling the judiciary is totally false. Now, the judiciary is totally independent, he pointed out.

The court gave all legal rights and facilities to the BNP chairperson during the trial proceedings in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, he added. It will deliver the verdict on February 8.

Replying to another query, the law minister said the authorities would investigate into the allegation of corruption raised against former Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. The law will take its own course and it is equal for all, he added.

He said that the trial proceedings of the August 21 grenade attack case are in the final stage.

In response to a query, the minister said it is still necessary to conduct trial proceedings in cases on crimes against humanity. “We have progressed tremendously with the war crimes trial. The trial on crimes against humanity will continue as long as it’s necessary,” he added.

He said the law regarding the appointment of Supreme Court judges is under process.

In response to another query, Huq said that it is very much important to maintain coordination among the three state organs to boost the country’s development. It was absent during former chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha’s tenure as he ‘gave a verdict’ against the executive branch of the state, he alleged.

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