REVISED PRESS CODE STILL TOO HARSH, SAYS RSF
Calling the bill "disappointing," RSF notes that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression Abid Hussain has stated that press offences should not be punishable by prison sentences, "except for â¦ racist or discriminatory comments or calls for violence." RSF says the amended press code, if passed, maintains the government's right to ban local and foreign publications. Under Article 29 of the code, bans are warranted "if the publications are prejudicial to Islam, the monarchy, territorial integrity or public order." [See IFEX "Communiqué" #10-36, #9-49]. ">http://communique.ifex.org/articles.cfm?system_id=3561">#10-36, #9-49].
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