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TUNISIA: NEW CYBER-CRIME LAW REMINDS OF REPRESSIVE REGIME

Appointed as a pioneer country for digital rights, Tunisia is now working on a cyber crime law that is worrying its citizens.The leaked draft is claimed to be nebulous in its language and it contains severe sanctions that have been compared to Ben Ali's dictatorship and censorship.

The law has been presented by Tunisian authorities as the follow-up of the previous interim government; it aims to complete the legal framework of Tunisian digital policy enhancing online security and strengtheningthe Technical Telecommunication Agency's powers: those caught in “obscene acts and assaulting good morals online” will be sanctioned with a $ 2900 fine and imprisonment between 6 months up to 3 years; The Minister of Higher Education will be in charge of monitoring social media to detect suspicious activities that may be related to terrorism; Public authorities will be provided with extensive powers to inspect public and private databases.

The government affirms the importance of this law in order to prevent and fight terrorism, nonetheless, many Tunisians fears that it could pave the way to abuses, ruining the enormous progress the country has made after the revolution.

 

The gLAWcal Team

LIBEAC project

Thursday, 21 August 2014

(Source: VPN Creative)

This news has been realized by gLAWcal—Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development in collaboration with the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy and the University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy which are both beneficiaries of the European Union Research Executive Agency IRSES Project “Liberalism in Between Europe And China” (LIBEAC) coordinated by Aix-Marseille University (CEPERC). This work has been realized in the framework of Workpackages 4, coordinated by University Institute of European Studies (IUSE) in Turin, Italy.