President Abdul Hamid has signed the Digital Security Bill into law.

 

His Press Secretary Joynal Abedin has confirmed the assent of the president on Monday’s afternoon.

 

Earlier on September 19, the parliament passed the Digital Security Bill 2018 keeping the much criticized Section 32 amid concerns and objections from journalist community and other rights bodies.

 

The new law has brought tougher punishment for illegally accessing and destroying any important information related to the state affairs.

 

The new law provides for a minimum of seven years and a maximum of fourteen years’ imprisonment and monetary fines of a minimum of Tk2.5 million and a maximum of Tk10 million, or both, for illegal access and destruction of any important information related to state affairs.

 

As per the act, the punishment will be life imprisonment and a monetary fine of Tk 5 crore for second offenders.

 

Concerned people in media and human rights organizations have been criticizing different sections of the Act fearing obstruction of press freedom.


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