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1 October, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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‘Digital Security Act to go in a week if BNP voted to power’

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Terming the Digital Security Act a dangerous 'black law', BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed yesterday said their party, if voted to power, will revoke it within seven days of assuming office, reports UNB. "Formulating the Digital Security Act is a serious onslaught on freedom of expression. It's a serious black law. It sections 8, 21, 25, 28,29,31,32, and 43 are unconstitutional," he said.

The BNP leader further said, "We would like to clearly say we'll annul the Digital Security Act by seven days if we return to power." He came up with the assurance while speaking at BNP's public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia and withdrawal of 'false' cases against its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, called upon editors and journalists to be vocal against the Act. "It's time for media brothers to wake up. Try to resist it with your united efforts, and force the regime to annul it." Referring to section 32 of the Act, he said journalists can be sentenced to 14 years' jail and fined Tk 25 lakh for publishing any government document on its corruption and misdeed in the media.

"The section 43 is more dangerous where law enforcers are given limitless power which was not even given to Rakkhi Bahi (during the 1975) as they'll be able to raid any office and house and seize computers and other equipment and arrest anyone without any warrant. Can it be accepted?" the BNP leader said.

 

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