There is still time to keep the promises of amending the nine provisions of the Digital Security Act, said Law Minister Anisul Haq.
His remarks came hours after the newspaper editors announced a demonstration saying that the government has not kept its words regarding their concerns over the recently passed law.
“The Editor’s Council said that I have not kept my word but the time to keep promises is not yet over,” he told the journalists after an event on Saturday (Oct 13).
“They voiced their concerns during the meeting on Sept 30 and I told them that since the bill has already been passed, their concerns will need to be presented to the cabinet,” he added.
“I have not presented it yet but there is still time,” the incumbent minister told the media.
He also said that Section 21 of the Act was passed after discussing it with the council on Sept 30 and they had given their consent as well adding, “We will not hear anything about that particular provision.”
Early on Saturday, the Editor’s Council announced to stage a human chain demonstration on Monday (Oct 15) demanding the reformation of Sections 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53 of the Act.
They also presented a six-point demand saying that three ministers and the PM’s media advisor went back on their word of presenting their concerns to the cabinet.
Before that on Sept 30, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu met with the editors' council leaders regarding the Digital Security Act.
Law Minister Anisul Huq, Telecoms and ICT Minister Mustafa Jabbar and Information Affairs Adviser to the PM Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present during the meeting which took place at the Secretariat and assured them that their concerns will be presented in front of the Cabinet.
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