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Egypt’s law on ‘false information’ raises concerns

Egypt’s law on ‘false information’ raises concerns

Activists and journalists are concerned that a law passed by Egypt's parliament allows President Abdel Fatah el-Sissi's government to punish press outlets and social media users for publishing “false information”, notes Deutsche Welle. In a statement, the Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists called the law an “assault on the Egyptian constitution” that “opens the door for the Egyptian government to dominate the press”. The law, passed on 10 June, allows the government  more regulatory powers over the Supreme Council for Media Regulation, the National Media Authority and the National Press Authority, three bodies that supervise public media. Drafted three years ago, the law also prohibits newspapers and media outlets from publishing material that “incites hatred, discrimination or violence” and anything deemed “libel and insult of Abrahamic religions or religious beliefs”. The law will subject social media accounts and blogs that have 5,000 or more followers to the same regulations that govern traditional journalists. There are 14 million Facebook users in Egypt, and about 900,000 Twitter users. If a social media page or blog publishes the wrong content, authorities could shut it down and arrest the writer. Read more

  • Monday, 25 June 2018

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