Amid recent developments, the European Union (EU) has expressed its concerns regarding the newly revised Cybercrimes Law that has been adopted by the Kingdom of Jordan.
In a statement issued by the European External Action Service Thursday, the EU acknowledged Jordan’s intention to establish a robust legislative framework to effectively combat cybercrime and address emerging security challenges in the digital sphere. However, the EU raised apprehensions about certain aspects of the revised law.
The EU saw that some provisions “depart from international human rights standards and could result in limiting freedom of expression online and offline.”
The EU underscored the significance of preserving freedom of expression, media freedom, and open dialogue, including in online spaces, as crucial elements for fostering democratic, prosperous, and stable societies. The statement noted that tthis stance aligns with the ongoing process of political modernization spearheaded by His Majesty King Abdullah II.
In light of these concerns, the EU called upon Jordanian authorities to uphold fundamental freedoms throughout the law’s implementation, thereby aligning with the country’s international commitments. The EU stressed that inclusive consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including Jordanian civil society, is of utmost importance in this context.
Furthermore, the European Union reiterates its unwavering support for Jordan’s dedication to political modernization and commends the nation’s continuous efforts to strengthen human rights, good governance, and the rule of law. The EU is committed to collaborating with Jordan to advance these objectives.
-King directs the government to review access to information bill-
His Majesty Tuesday reaffirmed Jordan’s commitment to political and media pluralism, adding that the Kingdom was never an oppressive country and will never be one, and its history is a testament to that.
At a meeting with the president and members of the National Centre for Human Rights’ (NCHR) board of trustees and the Jordan Press Association (JPA) president at Al Husseiniya Palace, King Abdullah said he directed the government to review the draft law guaranteeing access to information, to ensure everyone’s right of timely access to correct and accurate information, which contributes to countering rumors and false news.
Turning to discussions of the Cybercrime Law, His Majesty said combating cybercrimes should not be at the expense of Jordanians’ right to express their opinion and criticize public policies.
The King said all are in agreement that countering offenses on social media platforms that violate laws and morals is a necessity.
His Majesty said implementation of the Cybercrime Law will be the decisive factor in evaluating it and revising some of its provisions, as is the case with other legislation.
The King reaffirmed seriousness in implementing the political, economic, and administrative modernization tracks, stressing that Jordan is committed to these steps and is moving forward firmly, in cooperation with all state institutions and citizens, and there is no going back.
Turning to the NCHR, the King said it is a pivotal national institution with an important role in promoting human rights, calling for maintaining efforts in this direction.