DHAKA- Law Minister Anisul Huq today said the government will soon formulate a new law titled 'Digital Security Act', which will remove the weakness and ambiguity in section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act.
"The draft of the proposed law is now under vetting at the ministry. The present government led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes in freedom of press. It would not formulate any law which can violate this freedom," Anisul said.
The minister came up with the observations while talking to newsmen after holding a meeting with US envoy Marcia Marcia Stephens Bloom Bernicat at his office this noon.
They discussed different issues regarding bilateral relations between the two countries.
"The two countries always maintain a strong friendship and our discussions were related to our mutual relations. We discussed how to increase security for both the countries," Anisul said.
When asked about lodging cases and arresting journalists under section 57 of the ICT ACT, the minister said he would look into the matter. "They (accused) will get justice, please have trust in me. I would talk to the concerned authorities."
Replying a question on recent report of Global Financial Integrity (GFI) about the alleged laundering of money from Bangladesh, Anisul said legal actions will be taken if this allegation is found true.
"We have an anti-money laundering act in our country. If we found any authenticity in that report, we would be able to hold the trial as per that act," he said.
The law minister, however, declined to make any comment on the recent statements of Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, saying, "I would like to make one thing clear, I would not make any comment on his statements in media. If I have anything to tell him, I would say it to him personally."
Law Secretary Abu Saleh Sk Md Zahirul Haque and other officials of the ministry and the US embassy were present at the meeting.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)