In a first for Doha News, the editorial team has written an opinion decrying Qatar’s cybercrime legislation. Here, we argue that it should be amended to preserve free speech and protect journalism in the country.
Two years ago, Qatar passed a cybercrime law to protect its people against hackers, child pornography and online fraud, among other things.
To date, prosecutors have used the legislation sparingly when it comes to such crimes, in part because other laws have already outlawed such behavior.
But in a troubling development, the law instead is being exploited by criminals and individuals with personal agendas to silence others.