WITNESS joins Human Rights Organizations from around the World to Oppose Egypt Media Laws
On 18 August 2018, President Sisi ratified the Anti-Cyber and Information Technology Crimes Law (Cybercrime Law). The Egyptian parliament had already approved the law on 5 July, granting the government new powers to restrict digital rights and interfere with activists’ freedoms online. Only last month, the parliament also passed another dangerous law (the Media Regulation Law) that would place under government regulation and supervision as member of the media anyone with a social media account that has more than 5,000 followers.
We at WITNESS think that this is a violation of basic human and digital rights and strongly oppose it. We along with 25 other human rights and digital rights organizations around the world signed a letter today to oppose this ridiculous law because filming for human rights—and posting it online—must not be criminalized.