Turning notorious DSA into CSA amounts to cheating people: BNP

Terming the Digital Security Act (DSA) the ‘worst black law for democracy and people’s freedom,’ BNP on Tuesday demanded complete repeal of the law instead of its transformation.Speaking at a press conference at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir also said the government’s move to replace the DSA with the Cyber Security Act (CSA) amounts to cheating people.

Our position is very clear as we’re in favour of complete annulment of the notorious Digital Security Act. This act should not remain in place in any way as it is the worst black law for democracy and people’s freedom,” he said.

The BNP leader said revoking the DSA is one of their demands for which they are carrying out the anti-government movement.

“Our main point is that we want the complete repeal of the notorious act since it’s a law against democracy, people’s rights, and freedom of the press. So, there’s no justification to keep this law (in any form),” Fakhrul said.

He said the government has taken the move to transform the Digital Security Act (DSA) into Cyber Security Act (CSA) in a bid to deceive people.

As the government is under tremendous pressure from the international community, the BNP leader said the government is also trying to pacify them with this move.

“The ostrich has a tendency to hide its head in the sand when confronted with a storm. The government’s move is like that. They think they are doing a very smart thing by fooling people like this,” he said.

Fakhrul said they will come up with their party’s formal reaction to the government’s move later after gathering detailed information about the government’s move to transform the act.

Earlier on Monday, the cabinet agreed in principle to replace the controversial Digital Security Act (DSA) with the Cyber Security Act (CSA), amending some sections of the DSA.

After the cabinet meeting, Law Minister Anisul Huq said they brought many changes to the sections of the DSA and changed its name to the Cyber Security Act.

He, however, said the DSA was not scrapped but transformed.

The Digital Security Act was passed by the parliament on September 19, 2018.

The press conference was arranged to disclose the outcome of the BNP standing committee meeting held on Monday.

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