The Daily Star: Bangladeshi bill would stop journalist harassment

Bangladesh’s parliament will scrutinise a bill proposed by Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shafique Ahmed that would prevent courts from issuing arrest warrants against editors, publishers, reporters or writers in defamation cases.

The proposed bill would overhaul the existing Code of Criminal Procedure, 1989, in the country, and allow courts to issue summons rather than arrest warrants.

A report on the bill is expected in two weeks.

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