Article Nineteen, an international human rights organization, has expressed deep concern over the filing of lawsuits and arrests under the Digital Security Act for expressing views on social media.
In a statement sent to the media on Friday (July 3rd), the agency said 113 cases had been filed under the law in the first six months of this year. 206 people of different classes and professions have become accused in these cases. 53 of them are journalists.
The agency called on the authorities to release the arrested journalists, university teachers, students, writers and cartoonists immediately and unconditionally. Farooq Faisal, Regional Director for Bangladesh and South Asia at Article Nineteen, said, “We hoped that the government would focus on overcoming the weaknesses in Corona resistance. But now the policy of suppressing dissent and criticism is being followed on the basis of priority.
Article Nineteen regularly monitors and records violations of freedom of expression. Article Nineteen recorded 61 cases in 2016 and 63 cases in 2019 in the case of their opinion. In the first six months of this year, the company recorded 113 cases filed under the Digital Security Act. Photojournalist Shafiqul Islam Kajal’s bail application was rejected, the statement said in a statement.