Update November 12, 2017

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IGP’s permission required to case against journalists under Section 57

Mirajul Moin Joy

Inspector General of Police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Huq

12 November 2017, Nirapad News: Inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Hoque on Saturday said filing cases against journalists under Section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Act will require his permission.

The IGP said if an allegation is raised against a journalist, the concerned police station must inform him and refer the case statement to him, reports news agency UNB.

Police can lodge suit if he permits it after going through the case statement, he added.

Hoque said this during a views-exchange meeting with the members of Chandpur Press Club at its auditorium.

Chandpur Press Club president Sharif Chowdhury chaired the meeting.

Replying to journalists’ queries about the application of Section 57 of the ICT Act, the police chief said he received such case statements from 20 to 22 districts and rejected all but one, which he deemed appropriate as it was a very sensitive matter.

The IGP had also appreciated the journalists of Chandpur district for writing objective reports about the problems and prospects of the district and about its people in the newspapers.

Journalists and police should have a good understanding and should work ‘in unison’ for the people and the society, remarked Shahidul.

“During my tenure, I have brought many reforms in police sector and for those changes I am accountable,” the IGP added.


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