Bangladeshi newspaper editors protest digital security law

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — An influential body of newspaper editors in Bangladesh has criticized the government for a new digital security law that they say will stifle constitutionally protected freedom of speech and curtail press freedom.

The Editors’ Council told a news conference on Saturday in the nation’s capital, Dhaka, that they were not pleased that the bill was made a law despite their objections.

President Abdul Hamid approved the bill, known as the Digital Security Act, despite promises by three Cabinet ministers and an adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina that they would address the journalists’ concerns about some disputed provisions.

Shyamal Dutt, editor of the Bhorer Kagoj daily, said protesters would form a human chain in Dhaka on Monday to demand changes to the law.

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