jordan pulse -
Dr.. Monther Al Hawarat
The government hastily submitted to the House of Representatives a draft law for cybercrimes, which was characterized by a large amount of anger in its various texts, as if its paragraphs, words, and even the commas or spaces between words scream and say one sentence: enough, your freedom has ruined our lives, the time has come for you to stop or get what you deserve from punishment, so the bill focused on punishment clearly, but why all this speed, this anger, and all this threat?
Journalists are not the only ones who are targeted, as they have always been bound by three strict laws: the Publications Law, the Penal Code, and the Cybercrime Law, and these imposed on them the practice of self-censorship much more than those laws when writing any article or transmitting any information, so their freedom became imprisoned between those laws and their self-censorship. And what is known as citizen journalism, and they were able to reach all the places where there is a defect, very easily, and direct criticism directly and immediately, and on the air, and thus they were able to reach a wide audience of followers and, in short periods, they were success stories that raised their status among their followers and made them much more influential than most officials and official platforms whose importance has greatly decreased.
Technology and these activists have had a devastating effect on the credibility of government discourse, and their activities have led to a decline in the level of trust in the government and everything it says and does. Therefore, the government has striven to find a way to strengthen the government’s mandate over means of communication and various forms of artificial intelligence, even if this leads to denying the right of these activists to express their opinions, even if it contradicts the provisions of the constitution that guarantee freedom of expression or contradicts government pledges to political reform, which freedom of opinion and expression must be considered one of its most important foundations and without which any reform will have no value. And the government's fear of forgetting all that and throwing it behind the back of the law-maker whose texts the size of the ball for democracy and the right of expression. These texts revealed the true intention and the subconscious of what many decision-makers want.
The problem is that the law targets those who were addressed a few days ago and on the platforms of their universities as the hope of the future and that the state pays all attention to their interest and that future plans are their first goal, their future, and that their means and goal for this future is technology and artificial intelligence with all the tools it provides. The government closed the door and arrested without warning the dream of these people that what is coming is beautiful. It decided to fortify itself and its officials and raise them above the level of criticism and defamation, and because the texts are dear, as Nasr Hamid Abu Zaid said, and they bear faces, as the Commander of the Faithful Ali bin Abi Talib said.
The dilemma of the government is that when applying this law, it will have to arrest tens of thousands of tweeters, arrest the idea, and arrest the dreams of these young people, but the question that arises is, has the government prepared more prisons in order to accommodate all these people, as well as their future? This customary law has brought down reform, parties, freedom of opinion, and any hope that political life will flourish and develop, and it has proven shallow awareness of the state, the concept of citizenship, and the right of expression.