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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.
Absence of an evaluation of the law’s impact
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.
RecommendationsRecommendations call for extensive dialogue, economic and social impact assessments, and reevaluation 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 lawAmidst 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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