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New Cybercrime Law endangers LGBTIQ+ people

17 Aug 2023

In August 2023, Jordan adopted a Cybercrime Law that poses risks to rights both online and offline, including free expression and privacy. The law includes vague provisions that could potentially target marginalized groups, including LGBTIQ+ people. Specifically, it penalizes the production, distribution, or consumption of "pornographic content," which lacks a clear definition, and content that "promotes, instigates, aids, or incites immorality," potentially affecting digital content related to gender and sexuality, as well as individuals advocating for the rights of the LGBT community on digital platforms. It also poses a threat to the right to anonymity.

See: Human Rights Watch