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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2676

Bangladesh Editors’ Forum Chairman opposes tele bugging

Dhaka, 20 May, (INS + Asiantribune.com): Chairman of Bangladesh Editor’s Forum, Shahidur Rahman Tapa asked the government to immediately abandon the telephone tapping law, which he termed as a gross violation of human rights and freedom of expression. He was addressing a special meeting of the organization held on Friday morning.

Commenting on the recent rule issued by The High Court Division of the Supreme Court, which asked the Bangladesh government to show cause as to why the provisions of tele-tapping under the Telecommunication (Amendment) Act 2006 should not be declared ultra vires of the constitution.

The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued rule upon the government and others to show cause why the provisions of tele-tapping under the Telecommunication (Amendment) Act 2006 should not be declared ultra vires of the constitution.

The Secretaries of the ministries of Post and Telecommunications, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Home and chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (BTRC) have been made respondents in the rule.

Bangladesh government, on February 16, in a gazette notification made the Telecommunication Amendment Act, 2006, effective giving power to any of its agencies to record, prevent and collect information regarding communication made by any person through telephone, as the government states, for the security of the state and public tranquility.

Shahidur Rahman Tapa said, "The government has enacted the law which would be used as a political weapon to harass its political opponent nevertheless general people.

The government has taken all shorts of preparations to invade privacy by tele-tapping and thereby crossing the line of decency of human dignity. In a way the government is trying to manipulate state mechanism over others. These were the practices of military regime in the then Pakistan and during the martial law administrations in Bangladesh."

He said, in any democratic nation, it is very much unlikely to witness that by formulating a black law, government would ultimately put the entire population into doubts. People of Bangladesh are peace loving by nature and they do not support any sort of extremism or terrorist activities.

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