MOI: New Measures to Curb Sectarian Hate Speech on Websites

  • 4-11-2021, 10:48
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    The Ministry of Interior revealed today, Thursday, conducting new measures against  sectarian speech on websites, while legal expert Tariq Harb elaborates the legal   punishment for those who adopt such an act.
    "There are number of taken measures by the Security Media Cell, and the Joint Operations Command, against sites that promote sectarianism, and there are future measures that will be through The Judicial Committee formed to diagnose hate speech and sectarianism," The Director of Relations and Information at the Ministry of Interior, Major General Saad Maan, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
    He added that "The legal articles are clear through the Iraqi Penal Code in Articles 210 and 211 regarding false or biased information, statements or rumors or disseminates propaganda," noting that " These fabricated news and videos are broadcast at times that require everyone to adopt the peaceful civil speech and not to provoke problems."
    For his part, legal expert Tariq Harb confirmed to the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that " The National Communications and Media Commission, according to the Iraqi constitution, is responsible for combating the broadcast of hate speech and rumors that affect the securıty of the state."
    Harb added that "Iraqi law punish the act of  spreading propaganda and rumors with a prison sentence of up to ten years," noting that "hate speech and spreading rumors are crimes that are classified as affecting the security of the state."