Reservations On Jordanian Draft Cybercrime Law Calling To Restrict It
Skyline International has reserved the amendments proposed by the Jordanian government and sent to the Jordanian Parliament regarding the Cybercrimes Law of 2018.
The Stockholm – based organization, according to its president, Dr. Shireen Awad, stated that despite the positive changes from the previous version of the project, the law is still broad in some points. It welcomed the retreatment of the law and returning it to the government.
Awad said that the most positive development in the new amendment relates to the cancellation of the previous arrest on the charge until the start of the trial proceedings, and called on the Jordanian authorities to enact laws that protect freedom of expression and not restrict them.
She stressed that the proposals in the new law will restrict freedoms largely through the broad texts, such as false news and hate speech, and rumors. She said that these terms could be interpreted in any form and by any means that could be used to favor the government in suppressing freedom of opinion and expression.
The proposed law defines a “hate speech” as “any statement or act that would incite religious, ethnic or regional strife, or call for violence, incitement, justification or dissemination of rumors against any person who would harm his or her body, money or reputation.”
She noted the seriousness of the previous text, especially in the second apartment on rumors, which may increase the control of freedom of expression in various forms, whether government control, or control of the popular.
Awad also pointed to the risk of government censorship of all forms of applications on mobile phones from communications programs such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Viber.
Article 10 of the proposed law stipulates that: “An imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than three years and a fine of not less than five thousand and not more than ten thousand dinars shall be imposed on anyone who publishes or republishes what constitutes a hate speech on the internet, or social media. “
‘‘authorities could consider any text, video or image re-published on social media groups to be hateful, opening the door to large-scale trials restricting freedoms’’, Awad added.
She asked who could identify the hate speech on the Internet, which could result in imprisonment and a fine?
At the end of its statement, Skyline International called on the Jordanian parliament not to approve the draft without major amendments to its broad texts. The Jordanian government also demanded that the texts be clearly and unequivocally bound to important terms such as hate speech, incitement or spreading rumors.