Cybercrime Law

Legalizing Control of Personal Data and Online Discourse in Syria

In Syria, security forces are known to resort to violence when investigating freedom of expression cases in an attempt to create a state of general fear and self-censorship among citizens. Vaguely worded laws—which are used to control public discourse—restrict citizens from freely speaking about social issues. This year, Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad issued two laws …

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Libya’s New Cybercrime Law: Legislating Repression

On October 26, 2021, the Libyan House of Representatives passed the “Cybercrime Law,” one day after approving the “E-Transactions Law.” In reality, cybercrime laws in the region only serve those in power. These laws are often repressive and pose many restrictions to freedom of expression while legitimizing government control and censorship. The new Libyan Cybercrime …

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Limiting Palestinian Free Speech Online is no Solution to Cybercrime

Palestinian human rights and civil society organizations have called for a freeze on the recently publicized cybercrime law that was approved by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on June 24, 2017. In a press statement released by the Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms (MADA), the new law was criticized for its potential …

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Egypt: Death Penalty Possible for Cybercrime

Feature image via Monasosh Flickr.       The Committee of Suggestions and Complaints in the Egyptian parliament accepted and referred the contentious draft cybercrime law to the joint Legislative Affairs – Communication and Information Technology Committee last week. The draft law, which is expected to be adopted soon, has been criticized by civil society …

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