Digital Security Bill finalised after consulting journos: Minister

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar on Saturday said the recently passed Digital Security Bill was finalised after discussions with all the stakeholders, including journalists.

The minister came up with the remarks at a roundtable discussion titled ‘Privacy and Data Security’ at a city hotel organised by Telecom Reporter’s Network Bangladesh (TRNB) in the afternoon.

The minister said, “Repeated discussions were held for at least three years among all the stakeholders, including ministries, relevant parliamentary committee and journalists…no one was excluded from the discussions.”

“Those who are opposing the law, I would like to request them to compare its draft presented in parliament with the final one recently passed by it to identify the changes. All the changes were made after discussions with journalists,” Jabbar said.

He said the rules of the Digital Security Bill have not been finalised yet and all the fears of journalists will go away after the formation of those.

“After the formation of a Broadcast Commission, law enforcers will have to secure permission from the commission prior to the arrest of any journalist. So, there’s no reason to be afraid of,” the minister mentioned.

Acting chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Md Jahurul Haque, its director general (engineering and operation) Md Mustafa Kamal, president of Bangladesh Mobile Importers’ Association

Ruhul Alam Al-Mahbub Manik, executive vice-president and head of regulatory affairs of Robi Shahed Alam, chief corporate and regulatory affairs officer of Banglalink Taimur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.

TRNB President Muhammad Zahidul Islam and General Secretary Samir Kumar Dey moderated the programme.

source: UNB