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Egypt's parliament moves forward on anti-cybercrime law

The parliamentary communications committee has approved a draft law to combat cybercrime amid criticism that this draft law, if approved, would further stifle freedom of expression.
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CAIRO — Nidal al-Said, chairman of parliament's Communications and Information Technology Committee, announced on April 16 that the committee approved a 45-article draft law submitted by the government to combat cybercrime. He told the press that the committee is now working on preparing a report on the bill to submit to parliamentary speaker Ali Abdel Aal for adoption.

The committee finished discussing all articles of the draft law in less than a month and a half, as it held its first meeting on March 5 in the presence of representatives of 19 ministries, including the ministries of Defense, Interior, Telecommunications and Information Technology.

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