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  • Section 57

    SC lawyer sent to jail in ICT case

    Supreme Court lawyer Imtiaz Mahmood was sent to jail by a Dhaka court yesterday, hours after police arrested him in a case filed under section 57 of the ICT Act about two years ago over his Facebook posts.

  • press freedom

    Surrender of the fourth estate?

    The media has been looked at both with derision and awe for its capacity to influence the public mind and hold the authority to account. It has also been accused of “misinforming” the public and overplaying its role.

  • Chattogram University Assistant Prof Maidul Islam

    Section 57: CU teacher lands in jail for defaming PM on FB

    A Chattogram court yesterday sent a teacher of Chittagong University (CU) to jail in a case filed against him under section 57 of the ICT Act.

  • Bangabandhu killer Sultan Shahriar Rashid

    Son-in-law of Bangabandhu's killer Rashid arrested

    Police have arrested the son-in-law of Sultan Shahriar Rashid, an executed killer of Bangabandhu, as he allegedly made derogatory remarks about the Father of the Nation and glorified his killers on Facebook.

  • 12 students produced in court, finally

    The 12 students picked up by detectives allegedly six days ago were finally produced before a Dhaka court yesterday.

  • ICT cases and lack of justification for remand

    When we talk about cases filed under the ICT Act, 2006, Section 57 of the Act crosses our mind almost instantly. Since its enactment in 2006, there were no charges under Section 57 until April 2013 when four bloggers were arrested for alleged incitement of religious hatred. There wasn't even a tribunal to try the cases, as the government had never felt the need to establish one until the end of 2013.

  • Ducsu Election 2018

    Spreading rumours: Patuakhali school teacher released after HC bail

    A school teacher, who is arrested in a case filed for allegedly “spreading rumours” on Facebook during the recent student movement for safe roads, gets release from jail following a High Court order that grants her bail.

  • 4 youths remanded in Ctg in ICT Act case

    Four youths including two leaders of pro-left Bangladesh Chhatra Federation is remanded in a case filed under section 57 of ICT Act for activities on the social media.

  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)

    Digital Security Act: Hardly an improvement on section 57

    The proposed Digital Security Act to replace section 57 of the ICT Act is in some respects even broader than the one it seeks to replace and violates the country's international obligation to protect freedom of speech, Human Rights Watch says.

  • Bdjobs CEO AKM Fahim Mashroor

    Case Under ICT Act: Bdjobs CEO held, freed upon bond

    AKM Fahim Mashroor, CEO of bdjobs.com, was freed hours after police detained him yesterday in connection with a case filed under

  • Bangladesh Digital Security Act 2018

    Why are we worried?

    The Editors' Council yesterday at a meeting with the law minister and post telecommuni-cations and ICT minister expressed deep concern over some provisions in the digital security bill placed in parliament last week. Freedom of expression and independent journalism, they feared, will largely be affected if those provisions remain in the proposed legislation.

  • Commentary

    Section 57 to be there but with some changes

    The cabinet is likely to approve the Digital Security Act-2018, incorporating section 57 of the ICT Act in the proposed law with some modifications despite outcries from rights activists and journalists over the controversial provision.

  • Dhaka International Airport

    ICT case accused held at Dhaka airport

    Immigration police arrest an accused in a case filed under the Information Communication Technology (ICT) act at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport of Dhaka last night.

  • Commentary

    Silencing Dissent

    The much-maligned Section 57 of the infamous Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act 2006 has come in handy again for suppressing dissent. This time the target is a well-known professor of law of the University of Dhaka, a reputed columnist and an eloquent speaker.

  • Asif Nazrul

    Asif Nazrul sued under section 57

    Dhaka University teacher Prof Asif Nazrul has been sued under section 57 of the ICT Act over a Facebook post, which the teacher claimed was uploaded from a fake account.

  • Section 57 of ICT Act: Man held over Facebook post

    Another man was arrested under controversial section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act over an alleged Facebook post.

  • Journo sued under Section 57, sent to jail

    Another journalist has been arrested under controversial Section-57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act.

  • List of Awami League new faces

    Don't file cases without nod from centre

    Amid allegations of gross misuse of the ICT Act's section 57, the ruling Awami League has directed the party men to obtain permission

  • Advice must before cops accept case

    From now on, police have to take advice from the legal wing of the Police Headquarters before recording any case under section 57 of the ICT Act.

  • Another journo sued under 57 for FB status

    Another journalist has been sued under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act for giving a status on Facebook.

  • Take the SC's comments to heart

    We hope that instead of a knee-jerk reaction, the present ruling leadership will see the merit of the criticisms made and do their own homework so that all the vital organs of our constitution can work together and establish a functional state under law.

  • Section 57: Counsel from police HQ must to accept case

    From now on police have to take advice from the legal wing of the police headquarters before registering any case under the section 57 of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.

  • The Chilling Effect of Section 57

    More than two dozen editors, journalists, teachers, social media users and free thinkers have already been sued on charges of defamation under Section 57 since March this year.

  • PM defends section 57

    Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday spoke in favour of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act amid growing calls for repeal of the provision for its “widespread misuse”. Speaking at a cabinet meeting, she said the section was there for taking action against anyone who writes against the country or tries to harm others intentionally through the digital media, said meeting sources.

  • The trap of Section 57

    At least 21 journalists were sued under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act in the last four months amid growing demand for repeal of the provision which is wide open to misuse.

  • Opinion: Who will save free speech from police?

    The punitive measures introduce by Bangladesh government are harsher than the ones made by the colonial rulers. The controversial section 57 got embedded into the proposed digital security law which seems to have offered police much more powers to make arrest. Which one is more repressive law: the one made by the colonial ruler or our government, asks Shakhawat Liton.

  • Cricketer Sunny gets bail, no bar on release

    Cricketer Arafat Sunny gets bail in a case filed under the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act, paving way for his release from jail.

  • Digital Security Act, 2016

    The draft Digital Security Act 2016, intended to address the need for cyber-crime legislation, according to the authorities, was approved on August 22, 2016, by the Cabinet. But members of civil society, media and activists have already expressed their concerns over the draft law impinging upon people's freedom of expression.

  • Rajshahi university

    RU student held for ‘derogatory’ remarks on Bangabandhu, PM

    A student of Rajshahi University is arrested for making “derogatory” remarks on Facebook about Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

  • Probir Sikdar appeals to PM for ‘safety’

    Fearing that he might disappear or be harassed further, veteran journalist Probir Sikdar appeals to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to save his life immediately.