Dhaka – Editors’ Council in Bangladesh on Monday formed a human chain in central Dhaka asking the government to revise some of the sections of the recently passed Digital Security Act as those sections go against the spirit of independent journalism.
A total of 16 editors from different newspapers and broadcast media joined the protest in front of the National Press Club demanding immediate amendment to the law.
The Daily State editor Mahfuz Anam, who is also the general secretary of the Editors’ Council (Sampadak Parishad), read out a statement at the human chain. He demanded amendments to nine sections of the law, which was passed by parliament on September 19, 2018.
President Abdul Hamid gave his consent to the law earlier in October.
The Editors’ Council has been asking the government to ensure freedom of the press ever-since the law was drafted. The government ministers, from time to time, assured that there would be nothing that hampers independent journalism.
The Council now demands amendments to section 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53 of the Digital Security Act.