1 May, 2019: ICNL Publishes Guide to Internet Freedoms in Jordan

Social media has become a vital tool for free expression around the world. Recognizing this growth, a number of countries have adopted regulatory frameworks to ensure safe and legal use of digital platforms and to prevent illicit online activities. In doing so, however, countries have adopted or are considering regulations on online activity that negatively impact freedom of expression.

Jordan is one such case. In Jordan, seventy-five percent of adults use social media—primarily Facebook and Twitter—daily. Since October 2017, the Government of Jordan has repeatedly attempted to amend the Kingdom’s law on cybercrime to further regulate activity on social media in ways that would limit or chill expression online. In their most recent form, the proposed amendments to Cybercrimes Law No. 27 of 2015 would criminalize and penalize broadly-defined expressive acts like spreading rumors or false information online.

To help build awareness and a deeper understanding of these laws, the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law has created a guide exploring the right to freedom of expression online in Jordan. The guide is meant to be a useful resource for the public, civil society organizations, activists, and anyone interested in the regulatory framework for online expression.

Download it in English or Arabic.

We would like to thank ICNL staff and partners involved in the production of this Guide, as well as the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan for the generous support that made the Guide possible.