Published:  02:07 AM, 17 July 2017

Case against Fahmidul tarnishes DU's image

The case filed against Dhaka University teacher Fahmidul Haque under the section 57 of the Information and Commu-nication Technology (ICT) Act hasn't defamed him. It has tarnished the image of DU. The speakers said these at a human chain formed at the foot of Aparajeyo Bangla of DU yesterday. Teachers, students and journalists took part at the human chain in demand of the withdrawal of the case filed against Pro Dr Fahmidul Haque, a teacher of mass media and journalism department, and the cancellation of the section 57 of the ICT Act.

Associate professor of Social Science Department Dr Samina Lutfa said, "The university has got ashamed at the case filed against Fahmidul Haque. It is ignominious that a person who teaches at the university has been sued under the ICT Act." Demanding the cancellation of the section  57, the former RU student and journalist Sushanta Sinha said, "The voice of media and individuals are being muzzled using this act. People can't express his opinions independently. The government has assured to cancel the section 57. But attempts are being made to introduce the section 19 instead of 57."

Prof Dr Tanjim Uddin, a teacher of DU International Relationship Department, said, "The whole Bangladesh is agitated against the section 57 as all fear to be sued under this act. The successive governments formulate laws as per their will after assuming power. The main problem is that one government makes a law and another government cancels it."

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