Digital Security Bill: JS body gets 2 months more for scrutiny
Abrar Hussain: The parliament yesterday granted two more months for further scrutiny of the controversial Digital Security Bill-2018, reports The Daily Star.
Imran Ahmed, ruling Awami League lawmaker from Sylhet-4 and chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Post, Telecom and ICT, submitted the proposal at the Jatiya Sangsad, which was passed by a voice vote.
The bill was initially placed in the House on April 9 and it was sent to the standing committee after scrutiny within four weeks.
The Editors’ Council, an organization of editors of the country’s national dailies, the Association of Television Channel Owners (ATCO) and the Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) faction voiced concern over the section 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, and 43 of the proposed law, saying these would greatly hamper the freedom of speech and independent journalism.