Amman- In cooperation with “Lawyers Without Borders Institution”, the Faculty of Law at Middle East University hosted a seminar entitled “The Proposed Legislative Drafting of Hate Speech”. The seminar aimed at discussing the concept of hate speech contained in the draft law amending the Cybercrime Law and presented to the House of Representatives.
The seminar was attended by the President of Middle East University Dr. Mohammad Al Hileh, Director General of Media Authority Mr. Mohammad Qutishat, the Dean of the Faculty of Law Dr. Ahmad Al-Lozi, academics, members of the House of Representatives, media people and experts from the local community. The seminar included exchanging views and ideas about the legal definition of hate speech in coinciding with the beginning of the discussions of the House of Representatives to draft the law.
The participants discussed the proposed legislative formulations in a way that does not oppose the freedom of expression and opinion and in accordance to the best practices, legislative experiences and national priorities. On the other hand, some participants raised questions about the need to have a text that includes hate speech, especially with the existence of other laws that meet this purpose such as Penal Code and Press and Publications Law.
The seminar was managed by the Lawyer Saddam Abu Azzam from “Lawyers Without Borders Institution”. During the seminar, a number of participants stated that the definition of hate speech contained in the draft law is loose and causes a state of confusion in the litigation proceedings. Those participants confirmed that any amendment to the law should not restrict freedom of expression and personal freedom, and it has at the same time to contribute to deterring chaos on social media and mistrust between citizens and the state. It should be noted that all recommendations of the seminar will be submitted to the government, and the specialized committees in the House of Representatives will receive a copy of them.
The Middle East University was founded in 2005 as a Graduate Studies University with twelve specializations. Towards the beginning of the academic year 2008-2009 the university opened twenty specializations for both Graduate and Undergraduate students with the ongoing growth in staff and students.