Press, Activists Protest Electronic Crimes Amendments, Gov’t “Surprised”

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AMMAN —AlGhad— Journalists and members of the press, alongside a number of Jordanian activists, held a demonstration today, Monday, in protest against the recently amended Electronic Crimes Bill, saying it “reinforces restrains on freedom and obstructs democratic transformation”.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Media Commission, Mohammad Quteishat said the government is surprised the public is so resistant of the amendments.

Quteishat claims that the proponents of the bill seem to have limited knowledge of the new amendments and “have failed to read all the new clauses”.

The purpose of the amendments according to Quteishat is to criminalise and penalise virtual extortion and fraud, and protect the public’s proprietary rights.

On the other hand, legal activists are sceptic of Quteishat’s claims. They reaffirm that the penal code sufficiently covers crimes of libel, slander, and smearing, as well as religious and sectarian incitement, notwithstanding.