Skip to main content

Journalists concerned over Qatar's revised cybercrime law

A revision of Qatar's cybercrime law may cause issues for journalists.
A portrait of the Twitter logo in Ventura, California December 21, 2013. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: MEDIA BUSINESS LOGO) - RTX17GXD

The Qatar government announced plans to implement a revision to its cybercrime law, prompting concerns that the legislation will further restrict journalism and free expression.

The full draft of the proposed cybercrime law has not yet been released. The move announcing “necessary measures” to approve the law received a brief mention in a Qatar News Agency (QNA) news release on March 12. The government announced that the nation’s cabinet and the advisory council — an elected and appointed body that consults on legislation — had approved modifications to the law.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.