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PM’s adviser indicates possibility of Digital Security Act amendment

  • Published at 07:40 pm December 6th, 2018
Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi
File photo of Prime Minister’s Advisor on International Affairs Dr Gowher Rizvi Courtesy

'We must all remember. Without freedom of expression, the environment we want cannot be achieved'

Prime minister’s International Affairs Adviser Dr Gowher Rizvi has indicated the possibility of amending the much-talked-about Digital Security Act after the upcoming general election.

“I can really assure you that after the elections, if the discussion continues, there is no reason why (it) should not (be amended),” he said during a program organized by global graft watchdog Transparency International’s Bangladesh chapter.

TIB organized the 20th Investigative Journalism Awards program to award print and electronic journalists, who have done outstanding work. A discussion meeting on the media and good governance was also held in of TIB’s central office in Dhanmondi, Dhaka on Thursday.

Gowher Rizvi said that there are instances that laws have been amended to achieve the desired objectives.

He, however, also said: “We must all remember. Without freedom of expression, the environment we want cannot be achieved.”

He added that democracy cannot operate without a free media and the government is also aware about this fact.

“No government can prevent publication of fact; media will find ways to communicate information to the people. It is not only the government who impedes the media freedom, the challenges also come from the corporate owners of the media,” he said.

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