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Jordanian rights activists are growing more concerned about the amended cybercrime law that includes a loose definition of hate speech.
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The Jordanian government withdrew its cybercrime bill from parliament Dec. 9 upon the request of Parliament Speaker Atef Tarawneh. The move comes in the wake of protests against the bill and demanding political and economic reforms. Jordanians organized a sit-in on Thursday near the government headquarters in Amman in protest of the economic situation, chanting slogans against the income tax and cybercrime laws.

Government spokesperson Jumana Ghunaimat said in a press statement that the decision was made in response to the demands of representatives of civil society, syndicates and political parties, among others, during their meeting with Prime Minister Oman al-Razzaz.

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