The goverment is aiming to enact a controversial digital security law aimed at tackling digital crimes. But experts fear the proposed legislation could also be used to muzzle freedom of expression in the polarized nation. “With increased digital services, crimes not only occur online but also through digital services. So we are planning to enact a more elaborate act to tackle all sorts of digital crimes.” These are the words of Bangladesh’s State Minister for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Junaid Ahmed Palak, speaking on January 12 at a press conference in the capital Dhaka about
Officers from the army’s intelligence agency have instructed major companies to stop advertising in Bangladesh’s two leading independent newspapers, sources told Al Jazeera. The demand for foreign-owned corporations to stop advertising in the Prothom Alo and Daily Star newspapers was allegedly given by officers from the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), following the August 16 publication of a story on the army’s killing of five men in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. Later that day, army officials contacted both papers and criticised them for describing the dead men as “indigenous” people instead of “terrorists”, sources said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Since then, Prothom Alo the most widely read newspaper in the country with
The Jahangirnagar University Journalist’s Association (JUJA) hosted an Iftar party on Thursday at the seminar room of Jahir Raihan Auditorium here on the campus. A good number of teachers including Deans of different faculties, Provosts of different residential hall, students and staffs of the university took part in the programme. Prof Abul Hossain, JU Pro Vice-Chancellor was present as the chief guest while JU Treasurer Abul Khayer, Prof. Khabir Uddin, President of JU Teachers Association (JUTA) were as the special guest. ...