Editors’ Council demands immediate review of DSA

Staff Correspondent

7 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Editors’ Council, a platform of top executives of newspapers in the country, has demanded an immediate review of the much-talked-about Digital Security Act (DSA) following the assurance of the law minister in this regard.

Citing a recent report of BBC, the Editors’ Council mentioned in a statement on Saturday that the minister Anisul Huq had said the law (DSA) would be reviewed.

Welcoming the law minister’s statement of reviewing the DSA, in which he said ‘no arrests would be made before any investigation’, the Council demanded that steps be taken immediately to make the statement of the law minister legally effective.

 “We demand necessary ordinance or legal initiative for this immediately,“ the statement says.

The statement, signed by Mahfuz Anam, president of Editors’ Council, said that journalists and free speech advocates were being constantly harassed and tortured for protesting the DSA. “It is no exaggeration to say that in some cases, the implementation of the DSA is more concerning than we fear. Mushtaq Ahmed, a free-spirited writer, had to prove it with his life.”

The statement also thanked the court for granting bail to cartoonist Kishore, but mentioned that there had been complaints of him being tortured. “Earlier, internationally renowned photographer Shahidul Alam was also tortured, which he himself alleged,” the statement said, adding, “It must be mentioned here that journalist Kajol had been missing and then in jail for a long time just for sharing an article on social media.”

It also stated that those who got bail are stilling facing the case.

Kajol, who is financially and physically disadvantaged, has to deal with the cases. Though Kishore, who is physically ill, got bail and was released from jail, he still has to continue with the case. It is very difficult to deal with a case in such a situation.”

The Council also recommended to include stakeholders in formulation of the law and pointed out that demands had been made earlier to cancel certain sections of the act.