ICT Act against freedom of expression
Internet is the greatest communication tool of all. But now it will become a cause of fear. The government has made a new ICT Act which will be a threat to freedom of expression. According to the new Act, the government may arrest anyone without showing a warrant. Even they may increase the punishment from 7 years to 14 years. There is no scope to get bail. I think it will hamper the freedom of expression of internet users.
Our constitution has a law about freedom of thought, conscience and speech. According to this law, people have the right to express their opinions freely. Under this new Act, it will not be possible for internet users to express their opinions freely. When writing any comment, article, or posting anything on social networks like Facebook, Tweeter, Skype, Blog, etc., the internet users will remain in fear. I think this new Act is contradictory to the constitution.
Md. Maskurul Alam
Department of Statistics
Islamic University, Bangladesh