Jordan court fines two for spreading false info - JD10,000

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AMMAN — The Amman Criminal Magistrate Court's cybercrimes division has ruled on a case involving two individuals accused of spreading false information online. This ruling follows recent amendments to the country's cybercrime laws, which now impose harsher penalties for disseminating fake news.اضافة اعلان

The court has confirmed the guilt of both accused, a 49-year-old and a 20-year-old, who are employed as drivers. They have been jointly fined JD10,000 with each responsible for JD5,000. The verdict can be appealed in a higher court.

The charges brought by the Public Prosecution centered on the duo's dissemination of misleading information related to earthquakes on the WhatsApp platform in September. Thorough investigations by the Cybercrime Unit substantiated these claims, the Jordan News Agency, Petra reported.

Under Article 15/A of Cybercrime Law No. (17) of 2023, individuals found guilty of intentionally transmitting or republishing misleading data that could threaten national security, disrupt societal peace, or defame any person can face a minimum of three months in prison, a fine ranging from JD5,000 to JD20,000.

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