No one would have any objection if a cybersecurity law was enacted to deal with cybercrimes without infringing freedom of speech.
While the manner in which the DSA is being defended is nothing new, the timing bears significance
Over the past several months, efforts have been afoot to frame a data protection law in Bangladesh.
It is a matter of great misfortune, as well as of disappointment and uncertainty, that democracy in Bangladesh is practically absent now.
UN human rights chief's visit to Dhaka revealed contrasting expectations on the part of the government and rights groups.
Two university students have made Bangladesh the first Asian country to win the World Universities Debating Championships. Will this stunning rhetorical feat spark the spirit of debate in our society?
Essentially, if someone expresses a critical view of the achievement of Bangladesh’s Liberation War, or the country’s relationship with another nation in a Facebook status, or even in a private message between friends on WhatsApp, that individual could be subjected to criminal punishment under the DSA, intrusive surveillance under the data protection law, or censorship under the digital, social media and OTT platform regulations.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen has said there might have been excesses while enforcing the Digital Security Act, "but the government is now very careful to make sure the law is not abused".