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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Commentary

    Section 57 by another name

    It has been reported that within the first seven months of this year, around 300 cases were filed under the controversial Section 57 of the ICT Act. And yet, now when the government has decided to scrap the provision from the law, it does not bring any relief.

  • Section 57

    Section 57 in new garb

    Amid calls for the repeal of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, the government has decided to revoke the controversial section that is prone to misuse.

  • 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

    No decision yet on section 57

    The government will clarify its position on the controversial section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act while placing the proposed Digital Security Act before the parliament, Law Minister Anisul Huq said yesterday.

  • Section 57

    Section 57: Over 300 cases filed this year

    Cases filed under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act are piling up, as the government is "undecided" what to do with the controversial section.

  • 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.

  • A loyalist's guide to Section 57

    Subodh is a young dissident who refuses to accept things as they are, and is running because his refusal—or defiance—makes him vulnerable. But what if Subodh didn't have to run away?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Khulna journo held under section 57 gets bail

    The Khulna-based journalist who was arrested under section 57 for a Facebook post over death of a goat secures bail amid national and international concern.

  • 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.

  • Section 57 lands journo in jail

    Yet another journalist has been sued under section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, and this time for

  • 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.

  • SC lawyer sued under section 57

    A Supreme Court lawyer has been sued under Section 57 of the Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act over his Facebook posts.

  • BNP taking decision over 11th parliamentary election

    Section 57 for repressing journos: BNP

    Demanding repeal of the section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act, the BNP alleges that the government is repressing journalists using the section.

  • Editors want section 57 fully repealed

    The Editors' Council yesterday demanded the government fully repeal section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology

  • Use of Section 57 against journalists

    Despite the law minister's repeated assurance that Section 57 of the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Act would be scrapped, the controversial section remains alive and well and is being increasingly used to file cases against journalists. Now it is reported that, while Section 57 will be removed from the ICT Act, it will be incorporated in the new Digital Security Act, 2016.

  • Govt to finalise Digital Security Act in Aug

    The government will finalise the draft of Digital Security Act in August, Law Minister Anisul Huq says. And the much-talked about section 57 of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) Act will remain in force till August when the government will take decision in this regard, he added.

  • 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.

  • 2016 repressive for Bangladesh press freedom: ARTICLE 19

    Marking 2016 a repressive year for press freedom in Bangladesh, London-based ARTICLE 19, an NGO defending freedom of expression, says 320 violations, including murders, abductions and threats against journalists, took place within that period.

  • ‘Murders inspired by void of justice’

    Eminent writers, scholars and cultural activists have issued a joint statement voicing frustration over failure to bring the killers of writers and free thinkers to justice.

  • 2 arrested for Facebook status on hajj

    Two people arrested from Satkhira's Shyamnagar upazila over allegedly posting Facebook status demeaning hajj.

  • Probir Sikdar exempted from court appearance

    A Faridpur court exempts journalist Probir Sikdar from appearing before it in a case filed under Information and Communication Technology Act.

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