Government yields to protests and modifies cyber crimes law

first_img April 14, 2020 Find out more September 1, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government yields to protests and modifies cyber crimes law Organisation News June 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails the withdrawal of some of the most repressive provisions in the temporary law on cyber crimes in an amendment approved by the government on 29 August but continues to call for its repeal as it still grants the authorities arbitrary restrictive powers, above all because of its vague wording.The most welcome changes were to provisions concerning defamation and to provisions granting too much discretionary power to the attorney-general’s office.Adopted on 3 August, the so-called Information Systems Crimes Law imposed a legal framework on news and information websites but the penalties for violations, ranging from fines to forced labour, continue to be disproportionate (articles 8, 10 and 11).Freedom of information continues to be limited by article 12’s ban on posting information previously unavailable to the public that concerns Jordan’s national security, foreign relations, public order or the economy. This provision is liable to restrict investigative journalism and encourage self-censorship.Article 9 prohibiting immoral content – an extremely vague concept that is not defined – also remains unchanged. It is likely to threaten freedom of expression by being applied to innocuous content.Article 8 on the posting of any defamatory or insulting comment has been withdrawn. It had been widely criticised by journalists, who had feared it would lead to more defamation prosecutions. There was also a great deal of criticism of article 13, which has been amended.In its original form, article 13 gave the attorney-general unlimited power to issue the police with a warrant to search the office or home of anyone suspected of violating this law. Now the authorities will have to request a court’s permission and will have to produce some evidence that a crime is being committed. Help by sharing this information center_img RSF_en JordanMiddle East – North Africa Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Follow the news on Jordan to go further News News JordanMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

State of emergency in Maldives, journalists harassed and attacked

first_img“The proclamation of a state of emergency must not be used as grounds for press freedom violations. Instead of stigmatizing independent media, the authorities need to understand that allowing journalists to publish information of interest to the public is the best way to avoid an escalation.” MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expression Ruling party deputy chief Abdul Raheem Abdullah meanwhile called on the security forces to immediately close Raajje TV, which has at the same time been the target of threats for several days. News MaldivesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Judicial harassmentViolenceFreedom of expression Media freedom has been repeatedly violated since the supreme court announced its decision in 1 February that detained opposition politicians should be freed and opposition parliamentarians should be reinstated. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an end to harassment and threats against journalists in Maldives after the government tried to prevent coverage of opposition activities in the wake of a surprising supreme court decision last week and finally proclaimed a state of emergency yesterday. News Ismail Sofwan, member of the Maldives Broadcasting Commission, which polices the broadcast media, warned commercial TV stations after the supreme court decision, threatening them with closure if their reporting jeopardized “national security.” Organisation News News In an attempt to gag political prisoners, the Maldives Correctional Service has already issued a communiqué on 29 January warning that it would bring judicial proceedings against journalists and media outlets that reported statements by detainees. RSF_en The government has been trying to prevent media coverage of the ensuing turmoil, as parliament was closed and successive police chiefs were fired to prevent implementation of the supreme court decision. Follow the news on Maldives Maldives police disperse opposition supporters gathered near the capital, Male, on 2 February to celebrate the supreme court’s decision to order the release of all jailed political leaders (photo: AFP). center_img Help by sharing this information Maldives is ranked 117th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. to go further “This government must cease its grave violations of the freedom to inform,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Amid the current political tension, it is essential that journalists should be able to do their work with complete freedom. Receive email alerts February 6, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 State of emergency in Maldives, journalists harassed and attacked RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates July 15, 2020 Find out more Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist President Abdulla Yameen’s government has been under pressure ever since the supreme court issued its decision overturning the conviction of political prisoners and ordering the reinstatement of a dozen opposition parliamentarians who had been stripped of their mandates. Journalists, above all reporters for Raajje TV, an opposition TV channel, have been the victims of police violence, especially while covering joyful opposition demonstrations. Teargas has been used indiscriminately against media personnel and one journalist, Sun Online reporter Muaviyath Anwar, said a policeman struck him with a baton when he showed him his press card. September 12, 2018 Find out more RSF is alarmed by the decline in freedom of information and the increase in violence against journalists in Maldives. Yameen Rasheed, an influential blogger, was stabbed to death in his home in April 2017, probably the victim of censorship because of his coverage of government corruption. There has not yet been any credible investigation into his death. RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more