Cabinet approves draft press and publications law | Jordan News | Ammon News

Cabinet approves draft press and publications law

[8/25/2012 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS --The Cabinet approved during its session today, the 2012 draft law amending the Press and Publications Law.

The amended law aims to limit the extent of crimes and penalties in the press and publication law and enable those who have been offended to get compensation through quick judicial procedures.

The draft law was needed to regulate work of electronic sites, make them accountable under the penal code and oblige the ones interested in covering Jordan's internal and external affairs to register and get license like the print press.

Under the law, rules and procedures will be applied to and electronic websites just like the print press without imposing any additional restrictions.

Director General of the Press and Publications Department Fayez Shawabkeh said the amendments were made to regulate work of electronic websites and guarantee their freedom within the law.

He said the Legislation and Opinion Bureau made some amendments to the 1998 Press and Publications Law that focused on registration and licensing for electronic websites, adding those website were given a period of 90 days to rectify their status.

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