Tunisians reject new cybercrime law and consider it a restriction of freedoms

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President Kais Saied’s Decree 54 on combating crimes related to information and communication systems, which is criticized by all parties, associations, and organizations, sparked controversy across Tunisia. Tunisian parties considered the decree as a confirmation of establishing a legislative and political system that restricts rights and freedoms and deprives citizens of their right to expression and publication. The head of the Syndicate of Tunisian Journalists, Mohamed Yassin Al-Jelassi, told A24 that the new law includes vague and undefined clauses to which people are sentenced to very severe penalties, with the aim of restricting freedom of the press, expression, and publication.

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