Describing the Editors’ Council’s concern over some sections of the proposed Digital Security Act as logical, Law Minister Anisul Huq has assured that steps will be taken so that the editors could place their recommendations before a Parliamentary body meeting in this regard on April 22.
He came up with the remarks after a meeting with a delegation of Editors’ Council at the secretariat in presence of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar and State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak on Thursday.
The Daily Star editor Mahfuz Anam led the delegation.
The minister also said he will propose to invite the editors to join the meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Posts, Telecommunications and ICT Ministry which is scheduled to be held on April 22 to present their concern.
Besides, they can submit the concern in a written statement after April 22 meeting before the standing committee fixing a date for meeting, he said.
The Act has been made to deter cybercrimes not to obstruct the freedom of press and speech, said the minister.
Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, Jugantar acting editor Saiful Islam, Bangladesh Pratidin editor Nayeem Nizam, Daily Sangbad acting editor Khandakar Moniruzzaman, New Age Editor Nurul Kabir, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, The Financial Express editor Moazzem Hossain, Naya Diganta editor Alamgir Mohiuddin, Kaler Kantha editor Emdadul Haque Milon, Banik Barta editor Dewan Hanif Mahmud, Dhaka Tribune editor Zafor Sobhan and Inquilab editor AMM Bahauddin.
Their concerns have been taken cordially and the council will present their suggestions before the parliamentary standing committee when they will be asked to attend the meeting, said Mahfuz Anam after the meeting.
“We also expect that the proposed Digital Security Act will deter cybercrimes,” he said.