** People rescuing an injured passenger from inside a passenger bus hit by a truck on Dhaka-Mawa Expressway in Shologhar area of Shreenagar upazila in Munshiganj on Thursday. ** Motorcycles allowed on Padma Bridge after 10 months ** Commuters charge extra fare, passengers disappointed ** 78 people killed in Yemen stampede ** Moon sighting committee meets today to ascertain Eid day ** 9 killed in road accidents in 3 districts ** US announces new $325 m military aid package for Ukraine ** Eid-ul-Fitr in Saudi Arabia today ** Eid exodus begins ** LPG price cut illusive ** 15 hurt as bus overturns in capital ** New interbank cheque clearing timings set for Eid holidays ** Four women hit by a train die in Tangail ** 12.28 lakh SIM users left Dhaka on Tuesday ** Sylhet engineer threatened over power outage ** People rush to village homes to spend Eid holidays with their near and dear ones. This photo was taken from Sadarghat Launch Terminal on Tuesday. NN photo ** Surge in cases of dehydration, diarrhoea amid summer heat wave ** Padma Bridge construction cost increases by Tk 2,412cr ** PM gives Tk 90m to Bangabazar fire victims ** Textile workers block highway demanding wage, Eid bonus ** Attack on PM's motorcade Ex-BNP MP, 3 others get life term ** Load-shedding increases for demand of electricity during heat wave ** Motorbikes to be allowed on Padma bridge from Thursday ** 5-day Eid vacation begins from today ** Take Nangalkot train accident as a warning about negligence of govt functionaries **

US expresses deep concern over use of DSA in Bangladesh

01 April 2023

Staff Reporter  :
The U.S Department of State has expressed deep concern about the use of the Digital Security Act (DSA) in Bangladesh and said freedom of expression is an essential element of democracy and is especially important in an election year.
Vedant Patel, principal deputy spokesperson of United States said this, during the Department's press briefing on Thursday.
Replying to a question about the picking up of Prothom Alo journalist Samsuzzaman Shams and subsequent incident of filing DSA cases against him and Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman and recent attack on brother of a journalist working for Al Jazeera
"We remain deeply concerned about the Bangladesh government's use of the Digital Security Act. And freedom of expression, including for members of the press, is an essential element of democracy and is especially important in an election year. No members of the press should be threatened, harassed, physically attacked, or arrested for simply doing their job," replied Vedant Patel.  This journalist asked another question about a recent letter of forty global leaders published in Washington Post about the well-being of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. "We're aware of the recent letter in The Post expressing concern over Professor Yunus's situation, and we share the signatories' views that Professor Yunus has made significant contributions to the alleviation of poverty around the world, as is reflected in his Nobel Peace Prize and numerous other international honors. But I don't have any other specifics to offer right now," he replied.

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