A new controversial law in Egypt permitting its state to regulate the users and influencers of social media has already been passed by the Egypt’s parliament.
This new law passed by the Egypt parliament and legal administration covers the blog, website, and even a personal account in social media that already garnered more than 5,000 followers. Under this law, this huge count of social media followers would consider the account as a social media outlet which is already subjected to media law. Nowadays, social media popularity and influencing is not as hard as it can be. And, followers and likers can be gained easily, just check out here.
Going back, analysts comment that the bill will elevate the ability of the authorities to break down the freedom of speech and disagreement. Based on records, in the past months, volume of activists has been arrested. This is due to the accusation of disseminating false news over the social media.
In Egypt alone, around 10 in every 1 thousand individual have been detained since 2013. This incident happened at the time the military dethroned Mohammed Morsi. He was Egypt’s first president elected under the democratic law. Also, during his time of administration, mass protests always followed in opposition to his rule.
Information about this new law
A new law in Egypt that placed the trendy social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram under supervision. These accounts and other social media platforms are already monitored and regulated by the Supreme Council for the Administration of the Media in Egypt. The mentioned Egypt’s media regulator was given the authority to block websites.
Additionally, the media regulator is also assigned to order criminal charges against platforms and individuals. Charges and accusations may be due certain offenses like provoking someone to violate laws or defamation opposed to someone’s living or in opposition to religion. But, a provision about the journalists permission of pre-trial imprisonment was already amended. The reason behind this is due to the pressure coming from journalists’ chamber.
• Amnesty International (belong to the most oppressive fields for media and journalism over the world)
– Give warnings that the act would only be a gateway on mass censorship. This would also elevate the assault on Egyptian’s right to freedom of expression.
• Human Rights Watch
– Criticised the utilization of the counterterrorism act by the government in order to summon activists and journalists.