Resist ‘Digital Security Bill 2018’: BNP | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, September 16, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 02:22 AM, September 16, 2018

Resist Digital Security Bill: Rizvi

Terming it a dangerous “black law”, BNP yesterday urged people from all walks of life to put up a strong resistance against the Digital Security Bill, 2018.

“A parliamentary standing committee finalised a report on the much-talked-about Digital Security Bill, ignoring the opinions of people from all sections. It's a dangerous black law which will be passed to establish Awami League's full control over the state power,” said BNP's Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.

Speaking at a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “Freedom of the press and journalists will be at stake if the bill is passed. We urge all, irrespective of party and opinion, to create a united resistance against this black law.” 

On Tuesday, the parliamentary standing committee on Post, Telecom and ICT Ministry finalised its report on the bill.

About the medical board formed by the government for BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's treatment, Rizvi said the doctors who are active in Awami League politics are there on the board but her (Khaleda's) personal physicians were left out.

He alleged that such a medical board was formed to give a report on Khaleda's health condition as per the directives of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“We think the medical board was formed dropping our leader's personal physicians as part of the government's evil plan. It's also a mockery of her serious illness.”

Rizvi warned that the consequences will be dire if anything bad happens to Khaleda due to the government's “vindictive” attitude towards her.

On Thursday, the government formed a five-member medical board with physicians from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for examining Khaleda's health condition and ensuring her treatment.

On September 9, a BNP delegation, led by the party's Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and urged him to take steps for ensuring Khaleda's treatment at United Hospital.

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