Bangladesh man jailed for al­tered pic­ture of PM

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

A BANGLADESHI man who dis­torted and posted pho­tos of the prime min­is­ter has been sen­tenced to seven years in jail un­der tough in­ter­net laws that crit­ics say are used to muz­zle dis­sent. Prime Min­is­ter Sheikh Hasina, re-elected in De­cem­ber in polls tainted by vi­o­lence, mass ar­rests and claims of rig­ging, has been ac­cused of in­creas­ing au­thor­i­tar­i­an­ism. Mo­ham­mad Monir, 35, was found guilty late on Wednesday by a Dhaka cy­ber tri­bunal for doc­tor­ing and pub­lish­ing on so­cial me­dia im­ages of Hasina and ex-pres­i­dent Zil­lur Rah­man. He was con­victed un­der sec­tion 57 of the South Asian coun­try’s In­for­ma­tion and

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Tech­nol­ogy (ICT) laws. Since the cy­ber court be­gan func­tion­ing in 2013, at least seven peo­ple have been sen­tenced to jail for sim­i­lar of­fences, pros­e­cu­tor Nazrul Is­lam Shamim said.

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