Study reveals 51 penalties in cybercrime draft

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AMMAN — Jordan's Cybercrime Law for 2023 has sparked criticism from civil society organizations, citing potential impacts on political reform and democratic values. The draft law includes 51 penalties, with 48 leading to possible arrests, drawing attention to flaws in its formulation and lack of clear criminalization.اضافة اعلان

The proposed legislation features eight felonies and 40 misdemeanors, with penalties ranging from temporary labor to fines up to JD75,000 or imprisonment. It grants authorities the right to be protected, raising worries about stifling criticism of public figures. The law also holds website administrators liable for illegal content posted by external individuals, challenging the principle of personal accountability, Amman Net reported.

Critics’ concerns and recommendations
Critics express concerns over the absence of an evaluation of the law's impact on society, the economy, and constitutional freedoms; while fearing an increase in criminal cases disproportionately affecting the poor with hefty fines.

Many call for extensive dialogue, economic and social impact assessments, and revaluation of harsh penalties to ensure proportionality. Freedom of expression and internet browsing provisions require scrutiny to align with international standards. Civil society groups like the Justice Center for Legal Aid and Jordan Open-Source Association advocate for comprehensive discussions to preserve constitutional rights and equitable sentencing.

Protests and US concerns over draft law
Amidst the growing opposition, Jordanians participated in a protest against the draft law after Friday prayers, while the US Embassy in Amman expressed concerns about its potential implications on freedom of expression and information sharing.

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