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Bahrain to increase penalties for misuse of social media

Bahrain said the bill is in line with the government directives to deal firmly with the misuse of social media

Bahrain to increase penalties for misuse of social media

Chairman of the Council of Representatives’ Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security, Mohammed Ibrahim Al Sisi, said the parliamentary committees’ chairmen are in the process of studying a bill that includes heightening penalty for the misuse of social media.

Al Sisi made the announcement during a press conference held by heads of parliamentary committees today.

In response to Bahrain News Agency (BNA), he said the bill is in line with the government directives to deal firmly with the misuse of social media, which harms community peace, causes division and weakens national unity.

He added the draft law focuses on the crimes of defamation, insult, spreading rumours and infringing on individuals, bodies, entities and state institutions.

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