‘Section 57’s fate to be revealed in Aug’

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 09 Jul 2017, 16:50:50

‘Section 57’s fate to be revealed in Aug’

‘Section 57’s fate to be revealed in Aug’
The decision on whether Section 57 of the ICT Act will be moved to the newly-drafted Digital Security Act will be revealed in August.

The section was among several issues discussed during an inter-ministerial meeting on Sunday, Law Minister Anisul Huq told reporters at the Secretariat, reports bdnews24.com. 

"We will make an outline from the matters we discussed today, and bring it within the draft of the Digital Security Act, which we will discuss in our August meeting. That is when you'll be informed about our decision on Section-57," he said.

Offences under Section-57 include electronic posts containing information that defame an individual or the state, and cause deterioration of law or hurt religious belief. They are punishable with jail term from seven to 14 years.

Human rights activists and several journalists have been campaigning for its removal, saying it offered a scope of misuse by law-enforcing agencies.

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