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Bangladesh teen held for ‘offensive music video’ mocking Modi, Hasina

A young person in Bangladesh has been arrested for making a music video mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina, news company AFP reported.

Rabiul Islam, 19, was arrested on Wednesday in a northern city based mostly on a grievance by a pro-government youth chief below the stringent Digital Safety Act, AFP quoted native police chief Abdullah Al-Mamun as saying.

“He made an offensive music video utilizing pictures of Bangladeshi and Indian prime ministers and posted it on his Fb timeline,” Al-Mamun mentioned.

Islam faces as much as 14 years in jail below the mentioned Act and is anticipated to be charged with “defaming and tarnishing the picture of the pinnacle of presidency”.

{The teenager}’s arrest comes days after hardline teams launched large-scale protests in opposition to PM Modi’s go to to Bangladesh to mark the 50th anniversary of its attaining nationhood. Over a dozen folks have been killed within the clashes and the unconventional teams additionally attacked Hindu temples within the nation.

Islamist teams accuse Modi of discriminating in opposition to minority Muslims in Hindu-majority India.

What’s Digital Safety Act, 2018?

Islam’s arrest has been made below the Digital Safety Act of 2018, which was introduced instead of the controversial Data and Communication Know-how (ICT) Act of 2006.

The ICT Act granted regulation enforcers the precise to arrest any individual with no warrant for as much as 14 years. Between 2012-18, over a thousand folks have been arrested below the ICT Act, based on a report by DW.

After widespread criticism, the regulation was changed with the DSA, which the federal government claimed would finish arbitrary arrests. However lots of the ICT Act’s provisions have been reproduced in several varieties within the new regulation.

A whole lot of individuals have been arrested since 2018 below the Act for alleged crimes that embody smearing the picture of the prime minister and different political figures.

Part 21 of the DSA authorises life imprisonment, together with a hefty advantageous, for participating in “propaganda” or a “marketing campaign” in opposition to the “spirit of the liberation Struggle”, “father of the nation”, the “nationwide anthem” or “nationwide flag”.

Part 25 of the Act supplies particular safety to the state, and thus could also be used to ban or punish professional political expression.

Worldwide organisations akin to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty Worldwide have spoken in opposition to the brand new digital regulation, saying it has tightened the federal government’s chokehold on free speech.

The brand new regulation additionally prohibits efficient investigative journalism, Bangladesh’s Editors’ Council, an affiliation of newspaper editors, has mentioned.

In March, widespread protests occurred within the nation over the dying of author Mushtaq Ahmed in detention, who was arrested below DSA for publishing an article and sharing Fb posts crucial of Hasina’s dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic.

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