• Monday, August 08, 2022

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Bangladesh editors protest ‘anti-press’ digital law

By: Sarwar Alam

Bangladeshi newspaper editors on Monday (15) staged a protest demanding sweeping amendments to a newly enacted digital law that journalists and rights groups say will curb freedom of expression. Critics say the measures — including prison sentences for spreading “negative propaganda” — are an attempt by an increasingly autocratic Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to stifle dissent in the South Asian nation. Sixteen members of the Sampadak Parishad, a council of top editors, stood in front of the national press club in Dhaka, holding their hands to form a human-chain — a popular form of protest in Bangladesh. They also held a…

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