Rejecting the statement of Amnesty International over the Digital Security Act (DSA) in Bangladesh, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today said the statement of the organization is motivated.
“The Amnesty International has been issuing statements against Bangladesh and its government one after another. The organization is vocal most of the time, but it remains massively silent many times too,” he told newsmen at his official residence in the city’s Minto Road.
He said the Digital Security Act is for ensuring security of the people of the country. The act is for all, including housewives, farmers, rickshaw pullers, officials and journalists, he added.
Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary, said there was no need of the act when the issue of digital system did not exist. But, presently the act is needed to ensure digital security of people to save them from harassment on digital platforms as anyone can take shelter of the act, he added.
The minister said such act is not only in Bangladesh, it is also in many countries including in neighbouring India and Pakistan, Singapore, Australia and many of the countries of European Union. So, it is motivated to make statements over the act repeatedly, he added.
Replying to a query, Hasan congratulated BNP leader Rizvi Ahmed for taking COVID-19 vaccine though he (Rizvi) criticised the vaccines earlier.
The minister said it is a good sign. And he (Rizvi) admitted that his propaganda against the vaccine was false, he added.