Tuesday 24, May 2022

Draft regulations on digital media going to suppress people’s voice: BNP

“We can simply say these suppressive policies have been formulated to prevent campaign against the Awami League government’s corruption, mismanagement, vote robbery, human rights violations, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings,” Fakhrul said.

He said the government will also use the policies to suppress people’s voices against the distortion of history of the Liberation War. “These two policies have also been made to fortify the Digital Security Act and reinforce the regulation.”

Replying to a question, the BNP leader said their party will come up with action programmes if the government implements the two policies.

“These two principles are not only contradictory to the right to freedom of speech and expression enshrined in Article 39 of the Constitution of Bangladesh, but also contrary to the UN’s the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),” the BNP leader said.

Besides, he said, in the light Manila Principles on Intermediary Liability and the Santa Clara Principles on Transparency and Accountability in Content Moderation, the two principles are a clear violation of human rights.

“The political purpose of formulating these policies is to perpetuate power in a one-party Baksal style by silencing people through establishing lies by hiding the truth,” Fakhrul observed.

He also said if the policies are enforced, it will put journalists, opposition politicians, human rights activists, and religiously and culturally vulnerable groups at greater risk. “It’ll also have a detrimental effect on human rights.”


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