Legal Aspects of Citizen Journalism in Bangladesh

7 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2017

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Zaker Ahmad

University of Chittagong; World Trade Institute

Date Written: December 30, 2016


What follows here is a brief write-up highlighting some key legal issues involving individuals’ freedom of expression in the internet. A citizen journalist is first and foremost, a citizen entitled to the full spectrum of constitutionally guaranteed liberty of speech and expression in all forms. Threats of severe punishment and widening the reach of legal control beyond legitimate limits hurt fundamental democratic values. One conclusion this paper makes is that the laws, if too oppressive, cannot withstand constitutional scrutiny, and are liable to be scrapped.

Keywords: Freedom of expression, Bangladesh, Citizen Journalism

Suggested Citation

Ahmad, Zaker and Ahmad, Zaker, Legal Aspects of Citizen Journalism in Bangladesh (December 30, 2016). Available at SSRN: or

Zaker Ahmad (Contact Author)

World Trade Institute ( email )

Hallerstrasse 6/8
Berne, CH-3012

University of Chittagong ( email )

Department of Law
University of Chittagong
Chittagong, 4331

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