In the session
held by the ESC discussing the Amended Cyber Crimes Law, participants equally
emphasized the importance of removing the definition of “Hate Speech” from the
content of the law, for several reasons such as its vagueness and lack of
also emphasized that any amendments to the law should not lead to restrictions
on the freedom of expression, yet it should aim to regulate conduct on
electronic platforms to protect people from the misuse and misconduct on social
media platforms, identity theft cases, and any form of harassment or abuse that
may occur on these platforms.
requested the amendment of Act no 11 and the others including punishment
provisions; such that punishments are better suited and more appropriate for
the act entailed in order to serve its purpose in deterring the occurrence of
electronic crimes, especially, sexual crimes, electronic fraud, and foreign
cyber hacking and security breaches on the Jordanian state and society.
discussion also provoked the question of whether a law for electronic crimes is
even needed, since there are existing laws that serve the purpose it aims to
address, such as the Criminal and Publications laws.
concluded that a follow up session should be held in the near future with the
attendance of the heads of the Legal Committees from the senate and the
representatives of the Jordanian Parliament, in addition to the Minister of
State for Legal Affairs; to discuss the law since it has been passed to the
representatives in the Jordanian Parliament.